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Illinois lawmakers are trying to crack down on the use of pseudoephedrine.  It's one of the ingredients used to make methamphetamine and lawmakers are hoping this measure will help cut back on meth use. A bill in the Illinois House would require doctors to write prescriptions for drugs containing Pseudoephedrine.

"I take Allegra every day and I certainly wouldn't want to have to go to the doctor for a prescription for that," Zita Vraman explained.  " Yet I feel there's such a problem with the meth situation. I don't know what the answer would be."

Senator David Koehler is the bill's sponsor and says it's a step in the right direction for the state.
 "Meth has been a problem for some of the downstate communities to one degree or another and this is really an attempt to reduce the number of meth incidents, " Senator David Koehler said.  
     
The senator says this legislation is modeled after laws in both Oregon and Mississippi.  According to Koehler, both those states have reported drastic reductions in meth arrests and it's something he's hoping happens for Illinois.

Donna Meredith with Amicare Pharmacy in Moline says if meth makers and users have limited access to the drug, we're likely to see less people buying products containing pseudoephedrine, but what about those who really need it?

" Patients that suffer from seasonal allergies are really going to have a harder time getting ahold of this," Donna Merideth with AmiCare Pharmacy said. "It could be very frustrating for patients who really need pseudoephedrine."
    
Still, other Illinois residents claim the measure is going to cause people to come out of their pockets.   

" You have to pay for the doctor, pay for the visits then the prescription. It's a lot of red tape that you have to go through just to feel better and get to good health," Deborah Peer said.

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