Supporters of making pseudoephedrine a prescription to look for 'alternatives' as Stivers withdraws bill

02/24/2012 07:05 AM

Senate Republican Floor Leader Robert Stivers not only pulled the pseudoephedrine bill he sponsored off Thursday’s agenda but withdrew it completely and said he and supporters of the measure to curb methamphetamine will look for “alternatives” next week.

Stivers told reporters after the Senate adjourned Thursday that he and others, including Sen. Tom Jensen of London, hope to come back with a new approach to curtail the production of meth. Pseudoephedrine is found in many cold and allergy medicines and is a key ingredient in meth.

Stivers and Jensen, the Senate judiciary committee chairman, were pushing to require that Kentuckians would have to get prescriptions for cold medicines with pseudoephedrine. But that approach was met with staunch opposition from consumers and over-the-counter drug makers.

Stivers said it was clear he would have to change tactics to get something passed.

“You have to be pragmatic and practical about what you do,” Stivers said.

March 5 is the last day for new Senate bills to be filed.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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