Smaltz Reinforces Support for Pseudoephedrine Restrictions

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): It's no secret that meth is a problem in Indiana… the question is how to handle it.

State Representative Ben Smaltz says lawmakers have tried a few things already concerning the drug's chief ingredient, pseudoephedrine, which is present in certain cold medicines:

“We tried lower daily limits, lower weekly and monthly limits, having a log book and making people show an ID before they buy the medicine, and it's really not helping. The meth problem still exists.”

Smaltz wants to make the drug available by prescription only, a move that critics say will punish law-abiding citizens by forcing them to spend time – and money – at the doctor's office just so they can treat common allergies or a cold. 

The idea will be brought up in next year's Legislative Session, and it seems to have some strong Republican support.