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COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the methamphetamine problem growing in Indiana, legislation has been proposed to limit its viability.
Mayors from several communities around the state have lobbied for tighter regulations on pseudoephedrine, a drug found in many cold medicines. The proposal would limit the amount able to be purchased to 61 grams per year, about two-thirds of the current legal cap.
Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, R-Syracuse, and a few other lawmakers introduced bills this year seeking to require prescriptions for the pseudoephedrine-based medications. Those bills didnâ€™t advance, and Kubacki said she didnâ€™t expect enough lawmakers agreed with her yet to take that step.
Kubacki said the constant discovery of meth labs in many rural communities hurts their ability to attract new residents and businesses and burdens local governments with many expenses.
â€śThe cost to an individual for what theyâ€™d pay for pseudoephedrine is nothing compared to what weâ€™re paying to put these people in jail, then deal with their horrible physical problems, and those kids who are put in social services at taxpayer expense,â€ť she said. â€śThe taxpayer pays tenfold what you would for making one doctor visit.â€ť
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said local citizens are fortunate.
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