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Fayetteville Aldermen Eye Mandatory Prescriptions In Ongoing Meth Battle

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn.(WHNT)-City leaders in Fayetteville, Tennessee are reviewing a proposal that targets meth makers by requiring prescriptions for certain medications.

Fayetteville's Board of Aldermen studied the anti-meth ordinance during a special presentation given by law enforcement on Monday. The proposed law would require Fayetteville residents to obtain a prescription for any medication containing pseudoephedrine, one of the main ingredients in meth. The Board of Aldermen is expected to vote on the ordinance at their next meeting in early August.

Current law requires buyers of pseudoephedrine-based products to sign a log at their pharmacy, but authorities say the setup is easy for many meth producers to get around.

"We're now seeing a higher increase in meth labs," said Fayetteville Police spokesman Sgt. Dion Shockley. "The meth cook is finding ways to get it...One of the ways they're getting around it is false ID's. Another way is what they call smurfing, which is recruiting people to pseudoephedrine. They may give them a little off their meth for a box of pseudoephedrine."

Similar laws were recently passed in neighboring Franklin County, Tennessee, and authorities said that has created a domino effect of higher demand in Fayetteville.

"It's already filtering over to us because we're a bordering county," said Shockley. "We have people coming into Fayetteville-Lincoln County buying their pseudoephedrine from Franklin County."

Local pharmacists we talked to declined to comment on the ordinance. Police said all of the city's pharmacists have given their blessing to the law.

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