Another Region 8 county requires prescription for cold meds

RIPLEY COUNTY, MO (KAIT) – Cold sufferers in one Region 8 county will soon be required to provide a prescription to get cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine.

Ripley County will join the list of Missouri communities that require people to provide the pharmacist with a prescription to buy cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine on January 1, 2011.

Violations to the ordinance could result in a fine of up to $500 for the first offense and a fine and jail time of each subsequent offense. Also the ordinance says repeat violations could result in the revoking of a business license.

Pseudoephedrine is the main ingredient in making meth.

Over 20 Missouri towns have this law, and in November the state started an electronic database for pharmacist to use to track who is buying the medicine and how much of it is being sold to that person.

According to the state, Missouri has led the nation in meth bust every year since 2003.

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