SPRING CITY, TN. (WDEF) The Tennessee Attorney General says city ordinances controlling the sale of pseudoephedrine products, are illegal.
Nineteen Tennessee cities have passed such laws, and the response to the latest state ruling so far is---"Leave Us Alone!"
Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper says making laws controlling the sale of drugs is the state's business, not muncipalities.
And that would include products using pseudoephrine, the key ingredient in the illegal manufacture of meth.
In Spring City, Tennessee, you'll need a prescription to buy those.
And, for now that won't change.
MAYOR BILLY RAY PATTON, SPRING CITY, TN. "We feel like it's a really good ordinance...we're going to abide by...and keep this ordinance in place."
Spring City leaders passed that ordinance on second reading last week.
MAYOR BILLY RAY PATTON "what we're doing..as I see it...we're doing something the state should have done long ago. And yes, the attorney general's opinion said it was the responsibility of the state to address this issue...well,it is their responsibility..but they are shirking their duties."
Efforts by the State Meth Task Force to get the legislature to pass such a law, were rejected two years in a row. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association lobbied hard against having to have prescriptions for medications that use pseudo.
Some local communities took the initiative.
GINA HASSLER,PHARMACIST "After I told the first 3 people that it now requires a prescription to buy the pseudoephrine....nobody else came in".
BILLY RAY PATTON "In most cases the people who are buying it illegally, are the ones that are using it for meth production...and I dare say I can't see them going to court, can you?"
The city of Dayton is considering similar legislation..which is now on hold.
MAYOR GARY LOUALLEN, DAYTON "At this point, we'll just pass over ....and wait to see what the issue turns."
Tennessee has continually ranked in the top 5 states for meth use and meth production in the nation.