Lawmakers offer alternative to cold medicine sales crackdown

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two Indiana lawmakers have unveiled a proposal that they say will curb sales of a common cold medicine used to make methamphetamine but would not penalize sick people by requiring prescriptions for the drug.

Republican Sens. Randy Head and Jim Merritt said Monday that pharmacists should have the authority to approve or disapprove sales for medicines containing the ingredient pseudoephedrine.

A rival measure backed by Indiana prosecutors would require prescriptions for such medicines.

Indiana currently has restrictions on the quantity of pseudoephedrine-containing medicine that one person can buy. But Head, of Logansport, says Indiana remains a meth-making capitol in the U.S.

Merritt, of Indianapolis, says the bill strikes the right balance because it doesn’t require a doctor’s visit. The measure will be considered when the Legislature meets in January.

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