Prescription needed for cold/flu medicine in Missouri town - KMOV.com

Prescription needed for cold/flu medicine in Missouri town

UNION, Mo. (AP) -- Few places in America has been hit harder by the methamphetamine problem than Union, Mo. The town is taking a drastic step to fight back.

In June, neighboring Washington passed what was believed to be the first local law in the country requiring prescriptions for cold and allergy medications that contain pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient used to make meth.

On Monday, Union became the second, approving its own prescription-only law.

Supporters like Mayor Mike Livengood and some pharmacists say a more stringent law is necessary to fight meth in Franklin County, which annually has among the highest number of meth lab incidents in the nation.

But critics such as the Missouri Pharmaceutical Association say the new law will be both inconvenient and costly for residents.

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