New bill looks to limit pseudophedrine

A new bill introduced to the Missouri State House of Representatives would require limiting monthly pseudoephedrine-based medications from 9 to 7.2 grams, cap yearly pseudoephedrine purchases to 60 grams, and lower the legal amount of pseudoephedrine a person can possess from 24 grams to 14.4 grams. Similar legislation has been introduced before as a way to counteract bills that would make all pseudoephedrine purchases prescription only. At the core of the limited purchase versus prescription-only debate is the state’s ongoing meth problem. Pseudoephedrine is the key ingredient in making the highly-addictive drug and users will purchase the drug in large amounts in order to cook meth. The new bill which is named HB 1787 is currently being debated in the house’s judiciary committee.

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