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Manchester Wants To Regulate Sale Of Key Meth Ingredient

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by Jason Lamb

MANCHESTER, Tenn. – As the Coffee County town of Manchester fights the war on methamphetamines, it has unlocked a debate over who has the right to make laws restricting the sale of some cold medicines.

The controversy has developed over the sale pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in meth.

Manchester city officials said they want to restrict sales of cold medicines containing the drug to people with doctor's prescriptions only.

A recent opinion from the Municipal Technical Advisory Service said only federal or state laws can regulate pseudoephedrine, not city ordinances.

For now, the town has delayed voting on the idea to require prescriptions for pseudoephedrine drugs until the city attorney weighs in about what the town can or can't do.

"As far as drugs, I'm totally against drugs far as that goes, but we don't want to do anything like try to repeal it after we expect it to help," said Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman.

The town of Winchester in Franklin County has already adopted a ban on over the counter sales of pseudoephedrine.


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