FRANKFORT — Those who have been convicted of crimes related to the production of methamphetamine would be blocked from buying any medications with pseudoephedrine for five years under a proposal that passed a Senate committee on Tuesday.
Sen. Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and sponsor of Senate Bill 211, said the measure was a compromise designed to curb the number of methamphetamine labs in Kentucky.
Stivers said those who have been convicted of drug-related offenses would go on a list, which the state’s pharmacies and other retail outlets that sell cold medicine could access. Pseudoephedrine is used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Stivers said a similar bill, House Bill 497, which would require a prescription for all cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, was opposed by the pharmaceutical industry and retail stores. Although many in law enforcement backed House Bill 497, Stivers said Senate Bill 211 would still curb access to pseudoephedrine.
House Bill 497 has not yet been heard by a House committee. The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed the bill with one senator not voting. It will now go to the full Senate.
– Beth Musgrave
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