Missouri is looking to Oklahoma to crack down on the methamphetamine traffic in this state which keeps growing despite attempts by lawmakers over the years to stop it. Representative Jack Goodman of Mt. Vernon says the meth problem has actually grown in his southwest Missouri district as meth cookers leave Oklahoma for more friendly states. The proposal he backs would put any medication with starch-based tablets of pseudoephedrine behind the drug counter, with the pharmacist required to keep track of who buys it. Only nine grams would be available per month, unless more is prescribed. Goodman notes liquid forms of pseudoephedrine are exempt. Lawmakers say efforts to move cold medications to the front of the store, by the cash register, and other restrictions enacted by the Legislature simply haven’t worked. In fact, meth production in Missouri keeps growing. Supporters of the proposal say Oklahoma has seen an 80-percent drop in meth crimes since enacted its new law.
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