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Illinois bill requires prescription for cold meds

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 9:00 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 11:17 a.m. CST
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FILE - This July 19, 2010 file photo shows medications containing pseudoephedrine on display behind the counter of a pharmacy in Edmond, Okla. A bill proposed in the Illinois Legislature by a Peoria Democratic state Sen. Dave Koehler would require anyone to get a doctor's prescription to buy any cold and flu drug with pseudoephedrine. The decongestant is an ingredient used to make methamphetamine. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

PEORIA (AP) — Legislation proposed by a state senator would require anyone with a cold to get a doctor's prescription to buy certain medicine.

The (Peoria) Journal-Star reports (http://bit.ly/NzmbuB ) the bill would impact any cold and flu drug with pseudoephedrine. The decongestant is an ingredient used to make methamphetamine.

The measure is sponsored by Peoria Democrat Sen. Dave Koehler.

State law already requires any drug containing pseudoephedrine to be kept behind pharmacy counters. Stores record the IDs of people who buy the medicine and there are limits on how much can be purchased.

Pekin police Chief Greg Nelson says the measure could "be a game changer in Illinois for meth" if it's approved, although it's expected to face resistance.

Oregon and Mississippi require prescriptions for the medicine.

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The bill is SB3502.

www.ilga.gov

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Information from: Journal Star, http://pjstar.com

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