Tenn. House OKs watered-down anti-meth bill

Tenn. House OKs watered-down anti-meth bill

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Pharmacist David Gosnell said it's still unclear how effective the restrictions will be if passed. Pharmacist David Gosnell said it's still unclear how effective the restrictions will be if passed.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee House of Representatives passed a watered-down version of Gov. Bill Haslam's anti-meth legislation Wednesday.

The measure was approved 81-17 on Wednesday.

The House bill would set a monthly cap of 5.76 grams of pseudoephedrine for a 30-day supply with an annual cap of 150 days' worth of allergy and cold medicines like Sudafed that could be bought without a prescription.

Haslam's original proposal would have established a monthly limit of 2.4 grams of pseudoephedrine.

6 News spoke with a local pharmacist about what the proposed restrictions mean for the consumer.

"If you take two a day as it recommends, that's a 24 day, supply which doesn't sound like a lot. But you don't need to be on that continuously and there's not necessarily as continuously taking need of that much medication," Volunteer Pharmacy pharmacist David Gosnell said.

Gosnell said it's still unclear how effective the restrictions will be if passed.

"The best thing to do is make it prescription only, but there's going to be an outcry from somewhere about restrictive trade. And then you're going to have to balance the two - balance the needs of society versus the need of patients," Gosnell said.

Executive Director of the Tennessee Sheriff's Association Terry Ashe spoke to 6 News by phone and said: "We're grateful the members in House and Senate see that the meth problem is a reality... we were hoping for tighter restrictions but this is a step in the right direction."

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