Indiana Senate panel advances bill to curb meth production

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state Senate committee has endorsed a bill that would make it tougher for drug offenders to buy cold medicines that contain a key ingredient in the production of methamphetamine.

Corrections and Criminal Law Committee members voted Tuesday to advance the proposal requiring someone with a drug-related felony conviction within the past seven years to get a prescription before purchasing medicine containing pseudoephedrine.

Since lawmakers question whether this will effectively curb Indiana’s problem with meth, the bill establishes a three-year trial period. If the measure doesn’t significantly reduce the number of meth-related incidents, pseudoephedrine would become a prescription-only drug for all consumers, not just convicted felons.

The Senate Appropriations Committee also must approve the bill before it can go before the full Senate provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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