Cape Girardeau adopts anti-meth measure

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — The city council in Cape Girardeau has approved an ordinance requiring a prescription to buy cold and sinus pills containing a methamphetamine precursor.

The council voted 4-3 Monday to require a prescription for pseudoephedrine products. The proposal had the backing of several police officers in Cape Girardeau and surrounding towns.

Cape Girardeau is the latest of several Missouri towns to adopt a prescription-only law in the battle against meth. Missouri has led the nation in meth lab busts for the past several years.

The ordinance was opposed by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. Missouri this year began electronic tracking of pseudoephedrine sales, and the CHPA says system is already working.

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