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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mo. legislator threatens filibuster against anti-meth prescription law

State Sen. Rob Schaaf, a doctor who represents St. Joe, says he'll launch a filibster if necessary to kill a bill that would require a prescription for pseudoephedrine, the News-Press reports. It's a common ingredient in many cold medicines, but it can also be used to make meth.

Missouri's governor and attorney, along with several law-enforcement officials, want the bill to pass, saying it'll help fight the state's high number of meth labs. (We're usually No. 1 in the nation, though Tennessee forced us out of the top spot this past year.) As KCUR notes, the pharmaceutical industry is gearing up to fight the measure.

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