Pharmaceutical lobbyist to attend Kirksville City Council meeting

The Kirksville City Council will be holding a meeting Monday night to discuss several topics, including an ordinance on pseudoephedrine.

A pharmaceutical lobbyist is scheduled to attend Monday night's meeting to speak on the topic of the proposed pseudoephedrine ordinance. The drug is the main ingredient used to make methamphetamine, and due to a rise in meth busts over the last year, the city of Kirksville is in talks of creating an ordinance so the drug is only available with a prescription.

"The key ingredient that has pseudoephedrine in it is the cold medication that you currently have to get at a designated pharmacy in the state of Missouri, within our city, the City of Kirksville, but the key here is if you block out and you take out the cold medication, you can not make methamphetamine," said Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick.

After hearing from the opposing side on the ordinance Monday night, the city council will then have to decide how to proceed with the issue within the next few weeks.

"This is the fact finding phase. Law enforcement provided some information to the city council a number of weeks ago, and then tonight they will hear from the other side. From people who do not believe this is the way to proceed, and then in essence, it will be up to council to decide whether they want more information," said Kirksville Chief of Police Jim Hughes.

Kirksville City Council also plans to review and approve the 2014 budget at the meeting. The meeting will be held Monday, December 16, at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.