Meth Bill Clears Hurdle - Impacts Cold Tablets

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- A bill to allow only pharmacies to sell cold tablets that contain pseudoephedrine is heading to the governor. The bill, named for slain Oklahoma State Troopers, was passed by the House Tuesday. It's already cleared the Senate and now only needs the signature of Governor Henry to become law.

Pseudoephedrine is found in many common cold medications and is
a key ingredient in the making of methamphetamine. Supporters say
it will help cut off the supply of a key meth ingredient.

Anyone buying the cold medicines would have to produce a photo
ID and sign for the purchase. Gel caps and liquid medicines
containing pseudoephedrine could still be sold at supermarkets and
convenience stores.

The bill is named for state troopers Nik Green, Rocky Eales and
Matthew Evans. Green was killed while investigating an alleged mobile meth lab, Eales died in a shootout during a drug raid and Evans was killed in a head-on collision with a driver who police say was high on meth.


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