Senate to hear bill to ban drug offenders from cold medicine

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Drug offenders won’t be able to buy cold medicine with a common ingredient in methamphetamine without a prescription under a bill passed by a Senate panel.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the pseudoephedrine measure Thursday.

The measure requires the Indiana State Police to add drug offender information to the National Precursor Log Exchange, which is a log of over-the-counter sales of pseudoephedrine.

Under the bill, the system would issue an alert to a pharmacy to stop a sale if a customer’s information matches data in NPLEx. Thirty-two states, including Indiana, currently use NPLEx to track sales.

Bill author Republican Sen. Michael Young of Indianapolis proposed a similar measure last year that failed in the House.

This year’s bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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