Saturday, July 30, 2011

Cities and Towns May Not Restrict Sale of Pseudoephedrine According to AG Opinion

Rep. Mike Ritze
R-Broken Arrow
Oklahoma City - An Attorney General opinion issued yesterday makes it clear that cities and towns in Oklahoma do not have the legal authority to restrict or prohibit the sale of medicines containing the ingredient pseudoephedrine. The official opinion was issued in response to a question submitted by state Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow.

Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in the manufacturing of the illegal drug Meth.

Legislation is pending in the legislature that seeks to require a prescription for the sale of products containing pseudoephedrine. Recently some communities in eastern Oklahoma have passed ordinances restricting the sale of medicines containing the ingredient to prescription only.

The manufacturing and use of Meth in Oklahoma is destroying lives, families and property and is a serious problem for law enforcement. But many are concerned that simply making pseudoephedrine prescription only will do little to address the problem while increasing the cost of health care and inconveniencing people that regularly use these products appropriately.
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