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More cities requiring prescription for pseudoephedrine-based medicines

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Since the tiny town of Huntland in Franklin County, TN, last June became the state's first municipality to pass an ordinance requiring a doctor's prescription to buy pseudoephedrine-based cold medicines, the idea has spread like wildfire.

In towns where the ordinance is passed, "smurfs" -- people who buy pseudoephedrine-based cold medicines from pharmacies for the clandestine production of meth -- can't buy the illicit drug precursor legally without a prescription, helping to sever that link from the supply chain.

Most of the city ordinances call for a $50 civil penalty assessed against anyone who sells the medicine to someone who doesn't have a valid prescription.

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