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Missouri proposes new Pseudoephedrine limits to fight meth

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

The fight against meth may stop you from getting more cold medicine for your family.

New legislation in Missouri would put stricter limits on how much pseudoephedrine you could buy in a month. But will it stop meth makers?

A bill passed by the Missouri House would cap purchases of Pseudoephedrine to 7.5 grams every 30 days.

That would mean you could only buy three boxes of medicine like this a month.

But, a convicted meth cook WGEM talked with Wednesday says the limits won't make a difference.

"That's the thing that ephedrine it is an active ingredient there but it's an ingredient that you can use less of it and add more of another ingredient and it will still do the same thing," said Anthony Robertson.

Anthony Robertson was convicted in 2009 for conspiracy to manufacture meth.

But after his run in with the law, Robertson says he has cleaned up his act, but says for those intent on making meth-- the new proposed pseudoephedrine limit won't help.

"There are just so many ways to get around it, lowering it or raising it, I honestly don't think it will matter, give it a couple of months and there will be a new way to do it, you won't even need ephedrine, it's a never ending cycle, it's never going to end," said Robertson.

But, proponents of the bill says limiting pseudoephedrine purchases is just another step in the right direction when it comes to fighting meth.

Still, Dr. Jeffry Evans with the Hannibal Clinic says it will only make it harder for people who actually need the medicine.

"People that need pseudoephedrine for allergies it's inconvenient, they end up having to go behind the counter and check it out," said Evans.

And Evans fears that limiting the amount of pseudoephedrine people can buy may not stop the addict's habit, but force them to switch their drug of choice.

"Unfortunately it has resulted in people swapping to alternate drugs such as cocaine and other kinds of stimulants, diverting adderall which is a ADD medication that an amphetamine as well," said Evans.

Right now, the pseudoephedrine limit in Missouri is 9 grams every 30 days.

The new legislation would not only reduce that, but also require people convicted of drug felonies to get a prescription to buy pseudoephedrine.

That bill now goes to the Senate.

 

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