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Okla. Lawmakers Eye Restriction of Meth Ingredient (Oct 03, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma lawmakers are looking to require a prescription to purchase certain forms of a popular cold medicine in hopes of reducing the number of methamphetamine labs in the state.

A joint House and Senate committee launched a two-day interim study into the issue on Monday.

State drug agents and other law enforcement officials want to require a prescription to buy tablet forms of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient used to make meth. Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Director Darrell Weaver says the number of meth labs found in Oklahoma has exploded from 148 in 2007 to 818 last year.

The proposal faces resistance from drug industry lobbyists. They say tablets containing pseudoephedrine are some of the most popular cold medications and should not require a prescription.

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