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Could a prescription soon be needed for cold medicines?

By Jaime McCutcheon
Published On: Dec 12 2012 10:15:04 PM CST
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A legislative committee is considering a law that would make it more difficult for sick people in North Carolina to fight off a cold.
    
The committee voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend that the Legislature consider a law requiring a prescription for cold medicines containing pseudoeophedrine, a key ingredient in making meth.
    
Legislative staff provided figures showing meth incidents have dropped substantially in Oregon and Mississippi, the only two states that require prescriptions.
    
Pharmacies now must enter customers into a national database when they buy cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine. The database blocks the sale if the person has gone on a buying spree for the drug.
    
Meth is a potent stimulant that can be cooked up from over-the-counter household products, often leaving behind a toxic mess.