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Missouri city's meth law draws attention

ST. LOUIS | Local governments in Missouri are trying new ways to combat the state's methamphetamine problem.

One has begun requiring a prescription for certain cold and allergy medications. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says others soon may follow.

Last week, the Washington City Council became the first local government in the country to require a prescription for purchases of over-the-counter medications that contain pseudoephedrine — meth's main ingredient.

Jefferson County Executive Chuck Banks said he plans to propose a similar ordinance at a county committee meeting Tuesday.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri has asked Washington to repeal the ordinance. ACLU says it sets a dangerous precedent.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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