New anti-meth law set to start in Tennessee

Reported by: Erik Avanier
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Updated: 6/30 6:40 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - A new law limiting the purchase of cold and allergy medication goes into effect on Tuesday.

Anyone needing more than 28 grams of Pseudoephedrine or five months worth of the maximum dosage of medicines like Sudafed will be required to have a doctors prescription. But the new law may not be enough to stop meth abuse.

"In the states that have required Sudafed to become a prescription drug, the amount of meth abuse has gone down dramatically," said Access Pharmacy Owner Brad Standefer.

According to state officials, 268-children were removed from their homes last year because of meth related incidents. Nearly 1,700 meth labs were seized by authorities. Standefer believe meth manufacturers will use other means to obtain Sudafed.

"What they're going to do is send their cousins in, their mothers in, their brothers in and everyone they know to send in to get their maximum amount of Sudafed. They'll gather all that up and they will make meth. So until they make it a prescription drug I don't think it's going to change things," Standefer said.

Pharmacist say people who legitimately purchase medication to alleviate sinus congestion don't necessarily need Pseudoephedrine; Which means they can avoid the inconvenience of seeing a doctor to get a prescription.

"There's other medications like steroids that can relieve congestion. Antihistamine can relieve congestion and so there's different things that can be used besides Sudafed," Standefer said.
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