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Bill for tighter cold-medication limits heads to Pence

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Indiana legislators have given final approval to a bill tightening the limits on how much consumers can buy of cold and allergy pills often used to make methamphetamine.

The state Senate voted 43-5 Tuesday in favor lowering the annual purchase limit of pseudoephedrine-based products to about 61 grams per person. That's about an eight-month supply of the current law's monthly limit.

The bill also increases the criminal penalties for anyone convicted of buying at least 10 grams of the medicines for a meth maker.

The House previously approved the bill and it now goes to Gov. Mike Pence for his consideration.

Several mayors and police groups pushed for state law to require a doctor's prescription to buy the medicines, but the bill doesn't take that step.

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  • Targeting the Wrong People
    Once again, Indiana law makers are making a law that impacts the wrong people. Like many people in our part of the country, I suffer through allergies from April to October. This law will make it even more difficult than it already is for law-abiding allergy sufferers to obtain the medications we need on a regular basis. While we suffer, criminals who want to make meth will find another way to get their supplies. This is more bad legislation which will impact the law abiding, making things more inconvenient for us. As an allergy sufferer I want to say to the Indiana Legislature - enough is enough!

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