Okla. Lawmakers Turn To Meth Tracking Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Now that a bill requiring a prescription to purchase a key meth ingredient has been derailed, Oklahoma lawmakers are looking instead to launch a new tracking system.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill that allows the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs to link to a new multi-state system for tracking pseudoephedrine sales. The chemical is common in cold and allergy medicines, but it's also a necessary ingredient in the manufacture of meth.

The bill also further restricts how much pseudoephedrine an individual can purchase to 7.2 grams per month.

Police and prosecutors had wanted a bill to require a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine, but two separate proposals were killed after fierce resistance from the drug lobby.