Poplar Bluff, Sikeston and several other towns have passed laws requiring prescriptions for cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine -- a key ingredient in meth. The hope was the new rules would help slow production of meth. Instead, it looks like the bad guys are just driving to Cape Girardeau to get their supplies, the Southeast Missourian reports. Police there had a sting at Wal-Mart and Walgreens and caught a lot of people -- none of them residents of that county.
Several law-enforcement officials would like to see a statewide law like the ones in Poplar Bluff and other towns. They say Oregon experienced a big drop in meth labs as a result. The medicine industry, you can imagine, is less enthusiastic.