New proposals to reduce the amount of allergy medication one can buy in a given year are nothing to sneeze at.
Two bills have been filed in the Indiana General Assembly in the name of attacking the meth problem.
Indiana already imposes limits on the amount of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine one can legally buy over the counter without a prescription.
The current limit is 84.6 grams per year. That amount would be reduced by about a third, under the terms of a bill in the senate, and by two thirds, under the terms of a bill filed in the house.
The Senate version unanimously passed out of committee Tuesday.
“I had a lot of varying opinions on what the magic number was,” says Indiana Senator Carlin Yoder of Goshen. “I do not think there is a magic number frankly, and you know I wanted to make it a level where the innocent people are not punished, and are not forced to go to the doctor and get the prescription as opposed to being able to just go buy the product. I think we are close to where we need to be, with this bill your now limited to about eight months of the product if you were to use it every day.”
The bill would also create a new felony offense for someone found with these substances, within seven years of a prior meth making conviction.