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Council Committe Recommends that City Require Prescriptions for Pseudoephedrine

Proposed legislation sponsored by Councilman Seifried, who says it would limit production, sale of methamphetamine
credit: drugline.org

A Springfield City Council Committee unanimously recommended the city adopt an ordinance requiring prescriptions for pseudoephedrine. As KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports, the legislation is designed to limit the production and sale of methamphetamine.

City councilman Jeff Seifried introduced the legislation before the committee. He says requiring prescriptions for pseudoephedrine has been endorsed by law enforcement officials.

“What we have been told by the police officers and what we’ve been told by other cities across Missouri, and what other states have proven, is that if you want to drop meth labs and more importantly property theft and crime across the city, you have to address the meth issue in this fashion,” Seifried said.

Councilman Doug Burlison opposed the legislation, saying the restriction would overly burden citizens.

The proposed legislation will be discussed by the full council in late April or early May, followed by public input and a council vote.

For KSMU News, I’m Samuel Crowe.