JEFFERSON CITY | A doctor’s visit and a prescription would be needed for many cold medicines under a Missouri bill aimed at targeting methamphetamine production.
A Senate committee is scheduled to hear testimony on the bill Monday night.
Supporters say the move would prevent criminals from buying up hundreds of pseudoephedrine-based pills, which can be converted into meth.
People already are limited in the amount of pseudoephedrine they can buy and must sign a log book each time they buy the medicine. Lawmakers authorized an electronic monitoring system last year but did not fund it.
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Critics of the prescription bill say it would increase waiting times and costs for patients who need only basic medical care.