Meth Mess

Oklahoma City, OK – House panel votes to tighten meth ingredient rules

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A common cold medication that contains the key ingredient for making methamphetamine would be available only by prescription under legislation approved by an Oklahoma House committee.

The House Public Safety Committee voted 13-4 for the measure Wednesday and sent it to the full House for a vote.

The measure expands legislation passed by Oklahoma lawmakers in 2004 that banned store sales of popular medications like Sudafed and Claritin-D that contain pseudoephedrine, a main ingredient in meth. The medications are available only in pharmacies where they are kept behind the counter and purchasers must sign for them.