June 27, 2013

Media Advisory

Councilman Burlison advances amendment addressing pseudoephedrine

Springfield City Councilman Doug Burlison today urged members of the Springfield City Council to adopt a new amendment to a proposed anti-drug bill. The controversial bill would require a prescription for popular cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine – medicines like Advil Cold and Sinus, Allegra-D, Claritin-D, Mucinex-D, and Sudafed.

The proposed prescription bill, which the City Council is now considering at their July 15th meeting, would place a significant burden on the law-abiding citizens of Springfield by forcing families to visit a doctor's office before purchasing the cold and allergy medicine that they depend on, Councilman Burlison said. In response, Councilman Burlison's amendment would bring the issue to a vote of the people of Springfield.

"The Springfield City Council is marching down the wrong path," said Councilman Burlison. "A prescription mandate for pseudoephedrine would only add to the list of prohibitive policies that punish law-abiding citizens as opposed to the meth criminals who exist today. Worse, this policy would unduly burden hard-working families who depend on medicines containing pseudoephedrine to treat their cold and allergy symptoms."

"Springfield voters understand that further restrictions on honest Missourians are not going to solve our state's meth problem. Not when over 80% of the meth in the country comes from Mexican drug cartels. That is why a vast majority of Springfield voters, when polled, oppose a prescription mandate."

"For this reason, I am putting forward an amendment to the proposed bill that would bring the issue to a vote of the people. If Springfield residents want to buy common, popular, and safe cold and allergy medicines without a prescription, then they should have the opportunity to do so. The City Council should not be allowed to force innocent citizens to pay more for the crimes of the guilty, especially without allowing Springfieldians a direct voice on the issue."

Doug Burlison is an at-large City Councilman from Springfield. He was originally elected in 2007 and currently serves as Chair of the Plans and Policies Committee.

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