Debate On Cold Medicine Prescriptions Lingers In Legislature

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A proposal that would require drug offenders to get prescriptions before buying common cold medicines with pseudoephedrine will advance to the Indiana House for consideration.

Senate members voted 46-3 Tuesday in favor of the measure, which aims to reduce the high number of meth-related incidents in Indiana, but lawmakers question whether more drastic action is necessary. Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in the meth-making process.

Last-minute changes on the Senate floor took out a provision that would have made pseudoephedrine a prescription-only drug for everyone if the number of meth-related incidents didn't significantly decrease by 2019.

Lawmakers say that option is still on the table as debate in the House likely will center on the how to effectively curb Indiana's meth problem since previous efforts have failed.