Prescription may soon be required for pseudoephedrine

At Monday's Kirksville City Council study session, council members reviewed a draft pseudoephedrine ordinance.

If passed, the new ordinance would require you to have a prescription to buy most current, over-the-counter pseudoephedrine products sold at any pharmacy in Kirksville.

Right now, those products are kept under lock and key at pharmacies, and you have to sign a log if you purchase the medication.

The purpose behind the proposed ordinance requiring a prescription is to make it more difficult for methmakers to get their hands on pseudoephedrine, which is a key ingredient used to make the illegal, highly addictive drug.

"Basically what has happened is law enforcement has come to the city council and said, you know, â??We are out here battling methamphetamine, the production of it, and it's draining our resources. Here is something you can do to help us fight it,â??" said Kirksville City Manager Mari Macomber.

The city council is now set to vote on the proposed ordinance at its February 3, 2014 meeting.

Before then, the city manager and police chief will tweak the language and make a few clarifications to the wording.

The city attorney will then finalize the ordinance language in time for the February 3rd vote.

Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick is one of the main driving forces behind the local measure.