Koster goes after over-the-counter pseudoephedrine

Jul 30, 2013

Attorney General Chris Koster
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  Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is again calling on requiring a prescription for certain cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in making methamphetamine.

Koster spoke Monday before the Missouri Sheriff’s Association, which is holding their summer training conference this week in Springfield. “Continued inaction is allowing for a flourishing meth trade in this state," said Koster.

He said that with some counties and cities enacting prescription requirements on the drug, there has been a decline in cases, but more needs to be done. Koster is pushing the General Assembly to pass a statewide prescription requirement, noting that “we need to cut off their supply chain.”

In 2012, there were 1,985 meth incidents in Missouri. Through March of this year, the latest figures available from the state Highway Patrol, there had been 480 such incidents.

The Missouri Sheriff’s Association’s Summer Training Conference in Springfield runs through Aug. 1.