Manchester slow walks local ban on cold pills

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) -- At least one southern Middle Tennessee city wants to learn more before passing a local ordinance on cold medicine.

Over the counter remedies containing ephedrine and pseudo-ephedrine are used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.

While several cities in Tennessee have passed local restrictions on purchases, Manchester officials are awaiting an opinion from the state attorney general's office.

Officials say advice from the University of Tennessee's Municipal Technical Advisory Service gave them pause to wait.

Mike Taylor, district attorney in the 12th Judicial District, said statewide restriction would be a better solution.

Current stature requires buyers of the cold and allergy medicines to show a photo ID and sign a logbook that is submitted to the state.


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