Texas state senator eyes Oklahoma law

Monday, January 10th 2005, 9:58 am
By: News On 6

AUSTIN (AP) -- Texas is the latest state to look at an Oklahoma law that's credited with reducing the number of meth labs in the state.

In Oklahoma cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine can only be sold in pharmacies and buyers must have a photo ID and sign for the medicine.

Pseudoephedrine is a main ingredient in the making of methamphetamine.

Now Texas state Senator Craig Estes says meth users and cookers are crossing into Texas from Oklahoma and he wants his state to prohibit the sale of all cold medicine tablets that contain pseudoephedrine. Estes says consumers could still buy medicine containing pseudoephedrine as long as it's in capsules or cough syrups.

The Oklahoma law went into effect last year and Kansas officials are also considering similar legislation.