States Modify PSE Rx-Only Proposals To Curb Meth Production
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
Legislators in Kentucky debate requiring a prescription for purchase of OTC pseudoephedrine over monthly and annual limits, while Oklahoma lawmakers consider requiring pharmacists to determine a patient’s need. CHPA opposes further limits on access and promotes electronic tracking with stop-sale technology.
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Research shows Rx requirements “do not effectively reduce methamphetamine’s overall impact on a given state,” CHPA President Scott Melville says. One study found Oregon’s Rx-only law has not dramatically reduced meth lab incidents compared to other states and the second showed the requirement would cost Oklahoma $59 million annually.
Georgia lawmakers approve a new tactic to prevent the diversion of OTC pseudoephedrine products to making methamphetamine – limiting sales to pharmacies.
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