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Lawmakers debate how you can buy pseudoephedrine

Laura Amos Laura Amos
Richard Brown Richard Brown
Jesse Lewis Jesse Lewis
State Rep. Linda Belcher (Source: KET) State Rep. Linda Belcher (Source: KET)

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - What's in your medicine cabinet is up for debate in Frankfort. The question is: should medicines containing pseudoephedrine have restrictions that others don't in order to prevent people from using them to make meth? Several lawmakers have filed bills similar to last year's legislation that never became law.

Last year lawmakers from both sides of the aisle discussed a bill that would make medicine with pseudoephedrine require a prescription.

"I think that's going too far," said Laura Amos who is a mother. "It takes away from the people who use it just for cold medicine."

Not everyone agrees.

"I don't see a problem with it at all whatsoever," said Richard Brown outside of a drug store in downtown Louisville. "I mean you can't even get a very mild antibiotic without a prescription."

In 2011 the issue got a lot of press, but a bill didn't pass. This session several lawmakers are taking cracks at their own versions. House Bill 79 limits the amount of these medicines that a person can buy in a month or a year.

"I think it's bad because if somebody's sick and they really need it, I think they should be able to get it," said Jesse Lewis in downtown Louisville.

House Bill 80 would block people from buying the medicines for five years if they have been convicted of a meth crime.

"I think that would be a good deterrent," said Amos. "Maybe somebody would stop and think about it if they tried meth, if they knew they couldn't get it any other way."

The House Judiciary Committee discussed both bills.

"The purpose of this bill is to eliminate meth labs," said Rep. Linda Belcher, D-Shepherdsville.

Belcher is sponsoring HB79 and says meth labs continue to increase across the state.

"Look at the millions of dollars this problem is costing our state," said Belcher to the House Judiciary Committee. "Millions of dollars we could be using better in other places especially since we listened to the Governor's budget speech."

Kentucky is facing a budget shortfall of more than $700 million.

Neither chamber have voted on a bill on this subject on the floor.  

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