Decongestant Medication "Controlled Substance"

Legislation the Tennessee General Assembly is currently considering would make decongestant medicine used to produce methamphetamine a controlled substance but it is drawing strong opposition from a national allergy foundation. However, Tullahoma representative Judd Matheny said a recent resurgence in meth abuse — despite efforts by the state to combat it by requiring purchasers to sign for ephedrine and pseudoephedrine — is leaving him little alternative but to reluctantly support the legislation. The companion bills, if approved, would make materials containing any quantity of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine a Schedule III controlled substance. That means to purchase the products for legal purposes would require a prescription. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, has issued a press release saying it “opposes burdensome restrictions for Tennesseans to over-the-counter allergy medications. The foundation says that it has no doubt that something has to be done to stop the meth problem, but “restricting access to safe and effective decongestants is not the right solution.”
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