Anti-meth bill killed by Okla. Senate panel

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Over-the-counter sales of cold medicines that contain a key ingredient used to make meth will continue after Oklahoma lawmakers killed a bill to require a prescription to buy them.

A Senate committee late Wednesday narrowly voted down the bill by Wagoner Republican Sen. Kim David that would have required a prescription to purchase any medicines containing pseudoephedrine.

Prosecutors and police say the bill is necessary to curb a growing meth problem, but drug companies and their lobbyists have been working to kill the measure and keep pills like Claritin-D and Advil Cold and Sinus on store shelves.

Opponents of the bill also have been taking to the airwaves with ads against the measure, and this week organizations representing physicians, pharmacists and grocers announced their opposition.


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  • by Opinion8ed Location: Texas on Feb 18, 2012 at 07:57 AM
    Why would they want to nix the top grossing product made in Oklahoma?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2012 at 07:52 AM
    Meth production is probably the number 1 business in Oklahoma!
  • by 99 Per Cent'Er on Feb 17, 2012 at 06:22 PM
    Thankfully, it's about time that the 99% of law abiding citizens stop being punished for the stupidity of the 1%.
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