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City Ordinances hope to prevent meth usage in Southeast Kansas

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When a cold strikes...you usually reach for the sinus and cold pills...but purchasing it is easier said than done.

Crawford county is looking to cut down the use of pseudoephedrine in homemade meth by passing city ordinances, which only allow the drug to be purchased by prescription.

Glen Mathis, the owner of Mathis Pharmacy in Girard says he understands the reason behind the law, but says its hurting the customers more than him.

"We didn't have any problems with people coming in to abuse the law in this small town because I'm the only pharmacy here. But we noticed there were people, legitimate people who have been my patients for 10 or 20 years that were using these  type of products came in and wanted one and they were no longer available." Mathis says.

Prior to the new ordinances.. Pharmacies around the area used tracking system, where anyone looking to purchase pseudoephedrine was allotted to buy a certain amount of milligrams each month. But with new laws in place...that system doesn't apply.

"We are a little bit handicapped now because we were kept from treating our patients like we did in the past. We could suggest what product to use and how to use it, and how often to use it, and people trusted us to do that. Now it's totally out of our hands." Mathis says.

Mathis says business continues to be steady as he helps patients receive their pseudoephedrine prescriptions as quick as possible, but he hopes officials will give the law a second look.

"We turned away a lot of patients that trade here at this pharmacy and we didn't give them medicine because it's not legal anymore." he says.

Pittsburg is currently the only city in Crawford County that has not enacted any pseudoephedrine laws.

Arma recently began their city ordinance beginning on December 1st.

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