Meth Production and Mississippi’s OTC Drug Ban

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By Jacob Maslow, Marketing Director of Allergy Be Gone.

Have a stuffy nose from a cold, or mild allergy symptoms? Well, if you live in Mississippi you’ll have to see your doctor for a cold or allergy relief medication with pseudoephedrine as one of the ingredients. Sudafed, Zyrtec D, Mucinex D, Nyquil D, and Advil Cold are just a few of the medicines that will require a prescription.

While it is a major inconvenience and added expense to those cold and allergy sufferers who need this type of medication, Mississippi has its reasons for taking such drastic measures and implementing a new law that requires a prescription for any drug containing the decongestant pseudoephedrine.

The illegal production of methamphetamine has become epidemic in a number of states. And, in an ongoing battle with illegal drug manufacturers, Mississippi has implemented a number of laws in an effort to curtail the illegal production of meth. Since prior laws putting restrictions on the purchase and sale of medications containing pseudoephedrine, one of Meth’s primary ingredients, have not stopped the epidemic, Mississippi’s Governor Haley Barbour saw the need to move forward with strong and decisive action.

This new law became even more important since the illegal drug manufacturers, in their innovative, clever, and conniving ways, came up with a new Meth concoction: shake and bake. This new highly addictive and volatile formula is simpler than the old formula, and requires less pseudoephedrine. With less pseudoephedrine needed, it wouldn’t be bought in large quantities as before. The common decongestant needed, pseudoephedrine, could now be obtained by illegal meth makers traveling from pharmacy to pharmacy. Ordering in small amounts would prevent the law enforcement ‘bells and whistles’ from going off, allowing them to slip under the radar.

While a number of pharmacists and law-abiding cold and allergy sufferers in Mississippi feel the law is unfair, and an added burden—those who need medications such as Allegra D will now have to take time to see their doctor, pay for an office visit, and then pay for the prescription medicine—state officials believe it will be an immense help in decreasing meth labs.

The law took effect July 1, 2010, and also requires customers to provide identity cards along with a prescription in order to purchase any medication with pseudoephedrine.

Mississippi joins Oregon as the only two states to have this new law, and is one of 37 states regulating the sale of pseudoephedrine. Alabama was scheduled to enact an allergy pill ban, but appears to have not yet put this law into effect.






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