Legislative Session Produces Winners & Losers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The Kentucky General Assembly

Drug and health experts say that prescription drug abuse and inadvertant poisonings are growing largely based on the ease of access of pills.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Anti-drug advocates were able to get a bill passed to help curb production of heavily abused methamphetamine. But they fell short on another measure intended to crack down on prescription drug abuse in the state.

Cold and allergy sufferers will face limits on the amount of some over-the-counter medications they can purchase, under the anti-meth bill. The goal is to limit access to large quantities of medicines like Claritin-D and Allegra-D, that contain pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the illegal drug that's being widely abused in the state.

The anti-drug advocates will get another shot at the prescription abuse bill next week, when lawmakers return for a special session.


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