Senate bill passes restricting purchase of certain cold meds

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - A watered down version of a controversial bill aimed at stopping meth labs passed the Senate Friday morning 25 to 11.

It is now Senate Bill 3 that would limit the amount of several over the counter medicines that contain pseudoephedrine people can buy in Kentucky like Mucinex D and Sudafed.  Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in meth.

Kentuckians could purchase no more than 7.2 grams per month if it becomes law. For example that's 10 boxes of 24 tablets of sudafed. People who need more must get a prescription.

"I know many people do not like this," said sponsor Sen. Robert Stivers (R-Manchester). "They say it is an impingement on freedom.  I say it's a protection of life."

Sen. Julie Denton (R-Louisville), who chairs the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, spoke against the bill.

"The more that we press people to have to utilize health care in a way for them that is not appropriate, increases the cost of health care," said Denton.

Stivers had originally wanted all of these medicines to be prescription.

"I am not satisfied with the floor amendment, but I understand it is a reason to compromise and that's what this process is about," said Stivers.

The bill will move to the House.

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