JACKSON, MS (WLOX/AP) - The Mississippi Senate has passed a bill that would require a prescription for any medication containing pseudoephedrine, which is commonly found in cold medications. It's also the key ingredient for making crystal meth, a drug that has become a major problem throughout the state.
The bill now goes to the governor who has already pledged to sign it. The new law would go into effect July 1.
Oregon passed a similar law in 2006.
Drug manufacturers had been pushing lawmakers to pass a real-time tracking system instead of the prescription bill. Representatives of the industry have said the prescription bill will likely lead to meth addicts and cooks crossing state lines to get the drug.
Lt. Governor Phil Bryant, a key supporter of the legislation, believes it will result in a downward trend of meth use and production in our state.
Lt. Governor Phil Bryant said, "Today is a great day in the Mississippi Senate as we send a loud and clear message that the use and production of meth will not be tolerated in this State. As a former deputy sheriff and drug enforcement officer, I have seen the devastating effects meth has not only on the lives of the user but also families."
Jackson County Narcotics Task Force Commander Curtis Spiers has been a huge supporter of the legislation and is in Jackson today. We'll have more from him and reaction from others later today on WLOX News and WLOX.com.