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Lawmakers should not harm consumers by requiring prescriptions for all pseudoephedrine products

8.5.16–Art Awerkamp, Herald-Whig

To The Herald-Whig:

With the current drug crisis spreading across the country, lawmakers are increasingly trying new ways in which they can restrict the sale of pseudoephedrine (PSE), commonly found in allergy and cold medicine but also used in the production of meth.

As the use of meth continues to occur across our state, I urge our lawmakers to find an appropriate balance between patient access to over-the-counter medications and minimizing the illegal manufacturing and sale of methamphetamine.

There are already restrictions in place to control the purchasing of products with PSE, and lawmakers should not enact overreaching restrictions that hurt consumers.

Primary care providers are at a shortage. The Association of American Medical Colleges found that between 60,000 and 90,000 physicians will be needed in this coming decade.

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