Wildwood Latest Missouri City to Require Prescription for Pseudoephedrine

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Thirty-one Missouri cities now ban the over-the-counter sales of these drugs. When will all of Missouri follow?
The west St. Louis County 'burb of Wildwood last night became the 31st Missouri city to ban over-the-counter sales of psuedoephedrine.

The drug -- found in such cold medicine as Sudafed and Claritin-D -- is a key component of methamphetamine. For the tenth year in a row, Missouri last year led the nation in the number of meth labs seized in the state.  

At last night's city council meeting, Franklin County drug cop, Jason Grellner (featured prominently in this RFT feature story last spring) testified for the need for such bans, saying that inconveniencing "a few people who might have a stuffy nose" was well worth the cost of safeguarding the public from meth. Grellner told how just last week his department removed eleven kids from a meth lab.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America was also on hand at last night's meeting to testify against the proposed bill. Despite those protests, the Wildwood council voted 14-1 in favor of the ban.

Council members say they hoped their ban would spur state lawmakers to pass a statewide law -- backed by Governor Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster -- that would require a prescription for pseudoephedrine. Following the passage of a similar law in Oregon, meth lab seizures in that state went from 400 annually to less than 20.

Still, the statewide ban faces stiff opposition. Recently, a trade group funded by the pharmaceutical industry called Consumer Healthcare Products Association has been spending thousands of dollars on radio ads urging Missourians to oppose the legislation. Meanwhile, as we reported this morning, state Senator Rob Schaaf says he'll filibuster to stop the bill. Schaaf, a medical doctor, believes the law will increase healthcare costs. He also notes that the state already has a system for tracking pseudoephedrine purchases.

My Daily RFT colleague, Sarah Fenske, agrees with Schaaf after spending an afternoon having to wait for her doctor to prescribe her meds to battle the flu. Moreover, she argues that decongestants without pseudoephedrine just don't work that well.

Frankly, I'll take officer Grellner's side on this one. The societal good of making pseudoephedrine (the key component of meth) available as a prescription-only drug outweigh the inconveniences to the general public. Further, have we become so over-medicated that we can't suffer through a couple days of the sniffles without running to the drug store for quick fix? What did people do for the millenia before the invention of the drug? Somehow they survived.
Lastly, the current system for tracking pseudoephedrine sales by having customers sign a log each time they buy the drug just doesn't work.

I have a family member who's a pharmacist for Walgreens, working stores all over the St. Louis region. In any one hour, he says he'll get at least four different customers purchasing pseudoephedrine who he suspects are smurfers -- people paid by meth makers to gather the raw ingredients for the drug. Why/how is that? Because there are more than enough meth addicts out there for the cooks to circumvent the per-person limits.

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"until capital punishment is truly implicated", theses thugs that make meth from pseudoephedrine and people who intentionally participate in illegal activity's will continue to tighten the noose around the necks of those who abide by laws that govern people.

The cost to house criminals come at a super high cost to those who choose to live by a governed law. (the tax payer)(hard worker).

I guarantee, if a person knew he/she was going to "loose" a hand for stealing, or another body part for rape and your life if your crime is bad enough, crime would all but cease to exist. Until then the good people of this nation have to live in fear of these criminals.

We the people want government bodies that are in charge to enforce capital punishment!! That would also include criminal acts in such government positions


I'm with Tim - this is just ludicrous. I'll just get online & order as much as I can in advance so I have it on hand in case I get a cold or have allergies. I am self-employed as well, and am otherwise healthy. I resent people trying to FORCE me to see a physician when the only reason I would do so it to get a substance to stop a congested nose when I've done nothing wrong . . . BROTHER. I hope our lawmakers all lose their health benefit plans that WE PAY FOR. They should all have to live on our planet before making these ridiculous rules that don't effect them or their families. Criminals all . . . .


We have a legal item that some choose to use for illegal purposes and we choose to put restrictions on the item? Would that logic apply to spray paint (graffiti), baseball bats (used to knock down mailboxes), and toilet paper (tee-peeing houses)? If someone starts hurting people by hitting them on the head with a hammer, should we put legal restrictions on hammers? Good gosh, think of how many automobiles are involved in crimes... should we outlaw them?

Being self-employed and having my family in a high deductible HSA (health savings account plan), I get nothing from my insurance company until we spend over $4,000. So, assuming nothing terrible happens, I won't ever reach that point. This means that to buy cold medication, I have to visit a doctor and fork over $100 for the visit (miss work / etc.) so I can take an effective cold medicine. What a joke!

Lastly, let's imagine that someway, somehow, all meth production in Missouri stops immediately... what do we think will happen? Clearly, there will be a demand for meth and money to be made. Would they just import the meth from other areas or other countries in the same manner as all of the other drugs? Or, will the additcts just switch to heroine or something like it? Will that somehow make us safer? Will all of the meth-addicts just give up taking meth, get jobs and become wonderful citizens?

Does anyone realize I can order sudafed on-line?

Just another classic case of passing laws that will only affect law-abiding citizens. Those who are already breaking the law couldn't care less if there one more law broken. It's us schmucks who try to live by the rules that will be most effected.



sure lets ban something so the cops have less work to do. Sounds good to me!

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