On Monday night, the council voted 7-0 to join Jefferson, Franklin and Lincoln counties in requiring doctors' orders for ephedrine and pseudoephedrine to help crack down on meth users.
St. Charles County Council approved a law requiring prescriptions for certain cold medications to make the drugs more difficult for meth producers to obtain. The council voted 7-0 to require prescriptions for medications that include ephedrine or pseudoephedrine during their regular meeting on Monday night. The law, introduced during the July 11 meeting, is part of a four-county effort to keep the medications out of the hands of drug users. Patch previously reported that Jefferson, Franklin and Lincoln county officials will propose similar laws. Read Patch on Tuesday for more information.
St. Charles County officials may join with those from Jefferson, Franklin and Lincoln counties in requiring doctors' orders for ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.
The St. Charles County Council took one more step toward requiring prescriptions for cold medication that include ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. The law, introduced during the council meeting Monday, is part of a four-county effort to make the drugs more difficult to obtain for meth producers. Jefferson, Franklin and Lincoln county officials announced last week they will propose similar laws. St. Charles County Sheriff Tom Neer told council members requiring prescriptions for the drugs is the most effective way to keep them away from meth producers and users. “These people choose to poison their bodies, endanger their children and their neighbors and engage in theft and other crimes to support their habit,” Neer said. More than 40 counties …