TBI Backs Prescriptions for Meds Used for Meth


NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn says he supports legislative efforts to require prescriptions to buy cold and allergy products that contain an ingredient used to make methamphetamine.

Gwyn said after budget hearings at the Capitol on Wednesday that requiring a prescription to buy medicines containing pseudoephedrine could help avoid some of the destructive effects of meth.

The Tennessee Pharmacists Association opposes requiring a prescription to buy the products like Sudafed.

Tennessee, which busted more than 2,000 meth labs last year, would follow states like Oregon and Mississippi in making the medications available only by prescription.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has attributed the increase in making meth to the simpler "shake-and-bake" method that involves mixing ingredients in a soft drink bottle.

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