NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Senator Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, released the following statement today in response to the opinion issued by Attorney General Robert Cooper on municipal-wide prescription requirements for cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine. The attorney general determined that local efforts to restrict access to popular cold and allergy medicine containing pseudoephedrine violate existing state law.
“Attorney General Cooper’s opinion is an important development in the battle against methamphetamine production in Tennessee,” said Senator Beavers. “As the author of legislation that implemented Tennessee’s real-time pseudoephedrine-tracking technology, I have long maintained that local prescription-only measures run counter to the spirit of that law. Attorney General Cooper’s opinion demonstrates that these local ordinances do indeed run afoul of the law. Going forward, there is no question that there remains much work to be done to address the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine. I look forward to working with state legislators from both parties to implement balanced solutions that target criminals, not law-abiding Tennesseans.”