26 Aug 2010

Step forward for restrictions on cold tablets

6:30 am on 26 August 2010

Legislation banning the over-the-counter sale of cold tablets which contain the precursor ingredients for the illegal drug, methamphetamine, or P, has passed its first hurdle in Parliament.

Under the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine will become Class B drugs and medicines containing them will be available on prescription only.

The Government had previously announced the move, as part of its crackdown on P.

The bill passed its first vote in Parliament on Wednesday night overwhelmingly and will now be referred to the Health Select Committee for public submissions.