New Law Would Require Prescription for Some Cold Medication
Cold medicine might get harder to buy in Indiana.
Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) is introducing a bill that would make the active ingredient in cold medicines, and meth, by prescription only. Bacon says meth is a problem in southern Indiana, to the point where the issue is nationally recognized.
Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke supports the prescription only legislation, calling it "the only thing that lawmakers can do to help."
Indiana State Senator Carlin Yoder (R-Middlebury) disagrees, though. Yoder points to two other states that have tried making pseudoephedrine prescription only, Mississippi, and Oregon, and he says it doesn't work. Yoder says the current laws that track, and limit some cold medication purchases could be strengthened, but he says it would be a huge inconvenience for anyone suffering from a cold, to wake up and try to get a prescription in the middle of the night.