Indiana Senate panel advances bill to curb meth production

File Photo.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state Senate committee has endorsed a bill that would make it tougher for drug offenders to buy cold medicines that contain a key ingredient in the production of methamphetamine.

Corrections and Criminal Law Committee members voted Tuesday to advance the proposal requiring someone with a drug-related felony conviction within the past seven years to get a prescription before purchasing medicine containing pseudoephedrine.

Since lawmakers question whether this will effectively curb Indiana’s problem with meth, the bill establishes a three-year trial period. If the measure doesn’t significantly reduce the number of meth-related incidents, pseudoephedrine would become a prescription-only drug for all consumers, not just convicted felons.

The Senate Appropriations Committee also must approve the bill before it can go before the full Senate.


Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments are closed.