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Prescription Required For Pseudoephedrine In Winchester

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by Mark Bellinger

WINCHESTER, Tenn. – A new law in Winchester requires a prescription to buy allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine.

Officials said this is newest effort to stop the production of Methamphetamine in Tennessee.

"The patients who really need Sudafed for their allergy problems are probably the people who are going to be the most upset," said pharmacist Lisa Wallace.

Wallace said she believes those in need of the medication will understand and get the required prescription.

The new city ordinance is the latest weapon in the battle against methamphetamine.

"Methamphetamine has absolutely riddled life after life in this county. There's no way I can put a money figure on the damage it has done," said Winchester Police Chief Dennis Young.

With the support of the police, The Franklin County Prevention Coalition is spearheading a drive to require prescriptions for pseudoephedrine.

"We have had unanimous support in every city council meeting that we've been in," said Tabatha Curtis with the Franklin County Prevention Coalition.

Curtis said most towns in Franklin County are expected to pass the law before the end of the summer.

Tennesseans are already limited by the quantity of pseudoephedrine they can purchase at a time due to the nationwide tracking system. However, people who make meth have found ways to circumvent the system. Initially meth production declined, but has been on the rise lately, according to officials.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the prescription requirement has worked in Oregon and Mississippi.

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