Attorney General Robert Cooper has ruled that local efforts to restrict access to popular cold and allergy medicine containing pseudoephedrine violate existing state law.
District Attorney Mike Taylor went before the Dayton City Council recently urging approval of such a law, saying it would help in the fight against the meth scourge.
State Senator Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, hailed the decision.
She said, “Attorney General Cooper’s opinion is an important development in the battle against methamphetamine production in Tennessee. As the author of legislation that implemented Tennessee’s real-time pseudoephedrine-tracking technology, I have long maintained that local prescription-only measures run counter to the spirit of that law.
"Attorney General Cooper’s opinion demonstrates that these local ordinances do indeed run afoul of the law. Going forward, there is no question that there remains much work to be done to address the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine. I look forward to working with state legislators from both parties to implement balanced solutions that target criminals, not law-abiding Tennesseans.”