(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Stricter limits on cold medicine purchases in Indiana for the purpose of slowing the methamphetamine craze could be hitting the governor’s desk soon.
The House passed the legislation Monday on a 91-1 vote. It had already passed the Senate, but must go back across the hall where amendments made in the House can be agreed to.
Ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are necessary ingredients in the illegal cooking of methamphetamine. House Bill 496 would limit the annual purchase of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine-based products to 61.5 grams a person. Current Indiana law allows about 7 grams per month, but the new law would average out to about 5 grams per month.
Other provisions of the bill include requiring stores that sell single doses of cold medicines to use the same tracking system as pharmacies.
HB 496 was sponsored in the House by State Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville). He told RTV6 in Indianapolis that the new limits will make it more difficult for meth makers to obtain the medications without penalizing people who need them for legitimate health reasons.
Several mayors and police groups have pushed for state law to require a doctor's prescription to buy the medicines, but the bill doesn't take that step.