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County Council Approves Requiring Prescriptions for Cold Medications

On Monday night, the council voted 7-0 to join Jefferson, Franklin and Lincoln counties in requiring doctors' orders for ephedrine and pseudoephedrine to help crack down on meth users.

St. Charles County Council approved a law requiring prescriptions for certain cold medications to make the drugs more difficult for meth producers to obtain. 

The council voted 7-0 to require prescriptions for medications that include ephedrine or pseudoephedrine during their regular meeting on Monday night. 

The law, introduced during the , is part of a four-county effort to keep the medications out of the hands of drug users. Patch previously reported that Jefferson, Franklin and Lincoln county officials will .

Read Patch on Tuesday for more information. 

Rev. Renita Marie Lamkin July 26, 2011 at 04:17 AM
Wow! So what about those without health insurance? And now our allergy medicine will cost an office visit AND a co-pay? I don't know about this.....seems like there could have been some other way to deal with this very serious issue....Addiction is a terrible, terrible illness harming more than one's self but one's family and community...and here is yet another harm...siigh...s'pose that's just the world we live in today...{deep siiiiiighhh}
Shanna Palans July 26, 2011 at 09:32 AM
@ Rev Lamkin- There are still plenty of other options for colds that don't require a prescription. This is a move in the right direction but not sure how effective it will be. We own a pharmacy and have been broken into for thieves to steal Sudafed. I'm concerned that will become more common as it gets harder for meth makers to aquire this ingredient. We might just stop selling it altogether.
Rev. Renita Marie Lamkin July 26, 2011 at 11:23 AM
@Shanna...oh, my! And when you do they'll find something else....I often think about how genius the minds are who create these deadly concoctions...{more siiiiiiiggggghhhhhsss}
wcc July 26, 2011 at 12:20 PM
more government intrusion.......the nanny state :(
Jesus Christ July 26, 2011 at 12:50 PM
I wonder why Rev. Lamkin doesn't know about Walgreens and Schnucks as well as other retail pharmacies have nurse practioners available to customers at no cost to them and who have the authority to prescribe these drugs. I also wonder if she knows that both ephedrine and pseudoephdrine are harmful and possibly fatal to those with high blood pressure and heart problems.
jon hedgecorth July 26, 2011 at 01:27 PM
i agree w/ rev. lamkin. by the way the nurse pract. cost $60 to visit. i do not have insurance and according to the state am not eligible for any state aid. i also do not have high blood pressure and/ or heart problems. this decision has an adverse effect on me; and i'm sure countless others. i am sorry for those who have been hurt by meth's touch here in the county, like ms. palans' pharmacy. i wish i had the answer, i'm just not sure this will solve anything.
Jesus Christ July 26, 2011 at 03:02 PM
Methamphetamine abuse leads to devastating medical, psychological, and social consequences not counting criminal activity. This is the right thing to do and those of you with a stuffy nose, try something different. There are many other OTC medicines that can be used other than ephedrine or pseudo ephedrine. We as a country have to stop the drug abuse every chance we get and this is a great start. This stuff is killing families and America.
Rev. Renita Marie Lamkin July 26, 2011 at 03:34 PM
Denis, no, I do not know about Walgreens and Schucks and other retailers with free nurse practitioners...what great information to share!! And, no I do not know about the harm to those with high blood pressure and heart problems...I'm a Rev., not a Doc....and I don't have those conditions...but again, great information and I am glad you are sharing. I hope that those with such conditions stay away from harmful medications! From the side of the drug abuse and pain and crime....I understand this decision. I also believe that it will cause some difficulties for those without drug abuse problems... I also understand that in these situations the "greater good" has to taken into consideration...or "greater harm"....and I agree that there is greater harm in having these medications accessible than the harm in having them restricted... I understand it but I don't like it. I don't like that some are restricted because of the bad of others.... I don't like it, but I accept it and wouldn't fight against it... I would like to see provisions for need when there are restrictions to prevent abuse... It seems as if everyone is not eligible for "free" services (see Jon's comment below)... I'm a pastor, not a politician...and I am so glad that I am on the praying side not the decision making side... I do know that every problem has a solution....I wonder what solutions will be proposed for those who, like Jon, will have a problem? We'll all be tuned in....
Jeff L. July 26, 2011 at 06:03 PM
The next time you see your Health Insurance rate go up, thank the St. Charles County Council. If our County Executive Signs the bill, a prescription will be required to buy Sudafed, Claritin D, Zyrtec D and many other over the counter cold remedies. Thank the County Council for shifting the cost of Law Enforcement to Health Insurance premiums. Call the County Executive and urge him not to sign... Unless you want to see your health care costs go up!
Jeff L. July 26, 2011 at 08:31 PM
So much for representing the PEOPLE... It's already signed in-spite of overwhelming numbers of PEOPLE against it. The receptionist for the Council said the majority of calls were against it. READ THE COMMENTS those that represent US
Elizabeth July 27, 2011 at 01:45 PM
Um, Walgreen's nurse practitioner is not free. Well, maybe it is free to people who are already getting free government healthcare by way of medicaid, but it is not free to those who do not.
Elizabeth July 27, 2011 at 02:36 PM
While I admire your goal, your logic is flawed. No matter how many laws you pass, you will never eliminate abuses. What is killing America is that no one is held to personal responsibility anymore. I occasionally need Sudafed for relief. I don't take Meth or any other illegal drug, why should I be punished because someone else does? The problem with the banning and / or governmental control mentality is that one size does not fit all. You commented that "those of you with a stuffy nose, try something different". It probably has never occurred to you that they already have. The replacement medications have been on the market for a while. It doesn't work for everyone. Those people have since been required to provide ID and be subjected to tracking by the government simply because the alternative doesn't work for them. Now, they are subjected to increased health expenses through dr visits just to get a prescription for something approved for OTC use. Sadly, you're happy to give away their freedom to buy a legal OTC drug, just because the change doesn't affect you. Try thinking outside of your bubble once in a while. Over regulation has yet to solve drug problems. All it does is create problems for law abiding citizens. It is time to bring back personal responsibility. If you want to do illegal drugs, then be prepared to reap the consequences of your actions. Take the boot off the necks of the innocent.

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