perscription drugs  It might get harder to find medicine you take for colds.

State lawmakers believe the new frontier in the war on meth is at your local pharmacy.

Governor Jay Nixon is pushing a law that would require a prescription to get any cold medication with pseudoephedrine.

Sudafed is what people think of first, but Tylenol Sinus, Mucinex, Claritin D, Advil Cold and Sinus -- things people take every day -- would need a doctor's note.

Pharmacists dole out pseudoephedrine products to help people relieve nasal congestion. But others have more sinister plans.

"This is meth country," says Rebul Kiely. "That's what everyone says."

"Pseudoephedrine is the ingredient that makes meth," says Nixon. Just two months ago, he unveiled an online database pharmacies will use to track those purchases.

"You can even see from the first few months that people are gaming that system," adds Nixon.

Local pharmacists tell KOLR/KSFX they just now completed software upgrades to make that computer database work, so no one really knows how effective it is.

"Why are they in a rush to implement another system when they haven't even given this one a chance to work?" asks pharmacist Gary Grove of Grove Pharmacy.

Grove worries that requiring prescriptions will just make it harder for law-abiding citizens who get sick.

"You're going to have to call the doctor's office," he says. "You're going to have to make an appointment. You would have a co-pay. It may or may not be covered on your plan."

 

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