AG says: requiring prescription for Pseudoephedrine illegal

Counties in East Tennessee are blocking buying Pseudoephedrine over the counter, without a prescription, in hopes of tackling the meth epidemic. But is this against the law?

Last month, the Harriman's city council voted 6 to 0 to require a prescription.

Before this change the medications were sold over the counter but they did require identification. Now, the new ordinance is creating strong opinions on both sides.

Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper released an opinion that the regulation of distribution of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine by Tennessee local governments is in violation of state law.

State Senator Mae Beavers, from Mount Juliet released this statement saying, "I have long maintained that local prescription-only measures run counter to the spirit of that law. There is no question that there remains much work to be done."


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