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Pseudoephedrine Ordinances May Violate Tennessee Law - John Dunn

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It is being called a step backward in the war against meth. Tennessee's Attorney General says cities which have passed ordinances requiring a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine are violating state law. Pseudoephedrine is a popular cold medicine, but it is also a key ingredient in making meth.
Right now 18 cities in Tennessee say you have to have a prescription to buy pseudoephedrine. Those new laws seem to be working, but they could also be illegal. "It has been a great success.  We've seen about a 70% drop in meth production in our county," says Winchester Police Chief Dennis Young.

Chief Dennis Young had been speaking across Tennessee about the effectiveness of Winchester's law, but now he has cancelled his meetings. Tennessee's Attorney General has issued an opinion saying local ordinances restricting pseudoephedrine sales violate state law. Chief Young says despite the opinion, the law is still on the books in Winchester.

Right now if you want to buy pseudoephedrine in Tennessee you have to show your driver license and sign your name.  It is all entered into a computerized database. Some state lawmakers say those rules aren't strong enough, and the status quo isn't working. "It is a plague on our society, and we have to address these issues like this that affect society so badly," says Sen. Ferrell Haile, (R) Gallatin.
Senator Haile plans to introduce a statewide law requiring either a doctor or pharmacist's prescription. That is good news for Chief Young who agrees it's time for a change. "The state of Tennessee needs to step up to the plate, and if you're not going to let us protect ourselves, the ball is in your court to protect us," says Young.

Any effort to pass a state law requiring a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine will face opposition. Drug makers and certain healthcare groups have opposed these type of laws in the past.

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