Haslam aims to cut pseudoephedrine purchases to fight meth

268 -- that's the number of children that were removed from Tennessee homes in 2013 due to meth-related incidents. Governor Bill Haslam is aiming to do something about it.

A new bill he's pushing is aimed limiting the amount of cold medicine a person can buy. The proposed bill would require a prescription for more than a 20-day supply of medicine such as Sudafed.

"One of the schemes used to obtain substances for meth production is the practice known as 'smurfing'. People who cook meth align a team of people to buy those substances at their current limits," Governor Haslam said. "This legislation will address that practice by lowering the threshold allowable in the initial purchase."

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association says the bill hurts law-abiding patients.

This proposal would give Tennessee the lowest state limit for purchasing products containing pseudoephedrine in the country.

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