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Nasal decongestant pills containing 30mg of pseudoephedrine hydrochloride are a key ingredient in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, known commonly as meth. Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press Nasal decongestant pills containing 30mg of pseudoephedrine hydrochloride are a key ingredient in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, known commonly as meth. Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press

MANCHESTER, TN (Times Free Press) - Customers seeking relief from runny noses and headaches will have to take an extra step before buying pseudoephedrine-based cold medicine after Manchester, TN officials passed an ordinance this week requiring a doctor's prescription for the medication.

Despite the University of Tennessee's Municipal Technical Advisory Service's doubts about the ordinance's validity, Manchester aldermen voted 4-2 in favor.

The targeted medicines — such as Sudafed-Congestion, Advil Cold & Sinus, Tylenol Cold Severe Congestion, Mucinex-D and other brands — contain the main ingredient used by methamphetamine cooks to produce the illicit drug.

Vice Mayor Ryan French, who previously worked five years in a pharmacy, didn't call the measure up until the end of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, he said.

Read more from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.


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