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Oregon House passes bill to require prescriptions for cold medications used to make methamphetamine

[JURIST] The Oregon House of Representatives [official website] voted 55-4 on Wednesday [press release] to require a prescription for cold medications that contain pseudoephdrine, a nasal decongestant that is used by drug dealers to make meth. The measure is expected to pass the Senate and is supported by Gov. Ted Kulongoski [official website; press release]. Although Oregon joins other states in limiting quantities, requiring ID for purchase, and limiting sales of the drugs to pharmacies, they would be the first state to require prescriptions if the bill becomes law. Some drug companies are running ads to oppose the bill and are preparing substitutes if it passes, fearing that consumers won't bother to see a doctor for a mere cold. AP has more.

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