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Push on again to make cold meds prescription-only

LOUISVILLE, KY. (AP) - Another push is under way to require prescriptions for the popular over-the-counter decongestants that are key ingredients in the illegal drug methamphetamine.

Some Kentucky law enforcement officials contend that it's the only way to clamp down on the proliferation of meth labs. But opponents argue that making pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in many cold medicines, a controlled drug will simply make it harder for legitimate users to obtain it.

Two bills that would have limited access to pseudoephedrine, including one making it prescription-only, failed in the legislature earlier this year. But it's already on the legislature's agenda when lawmakers convene in January.

Democratic state Rep. Linda Belcher of Shepherdsville told The Courier-Journal she intends to file a bill.

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