Governor Jay Nixon joined with Attorney General Chris Koster and the superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Colonel Ron Replogle yesterday in Springfield to call for prescription requirements for pseudoephedrine.
The governor plans to work with the legislature to craft a law similar to those in Oregon and Mississippi, the only other states in the nation that require prescriptions for the meth component.
In the state of Oregon they made pseudoephedrine available by prescription only in 2006. In 2004 there were 424 meth incidents. So far in 2010 there have been five meth incidents in the western state.
Mississippi has seen similar results since making pseudoepehedrine prescription only in July of 2010. That state has seen a 65% decrease in meth related incidents.
Currently under state law pseudoephedrine must be sold behind a pharmacy counter and buyers are limited to purchasing no more than 120 tablets in a 24 hour period or 300 tablets in a 30 day period. Over half of the pharmacies in the state have also signed onto a real time computer database that tracks who buys what amount of the drug and when.