NIXA, Mo. - Despite safe streets and a low crime rate, Police Chief James Bacon is quick to admit, “ We do have a meth problem in our community.” That’s exactly why he was pushing for a city ordinance requiring a doctor’s prescription to buy cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine- a key ingredient used to make meth.
“It is not going to eliminate it. But it is going to make it that much harder for those that are making meth to get the thing they need in order to make it,” stated Bacon.
The nearby communities of Branson and Hollister recently passed similar measures.
“And as a result of what they did we saw a dramatic increase in the sale of pseudoephedrine in Nixa,” Bacon explained. “Pharmacists are telling us we are seeing people from Arkansas, Forsyth, Branson West, and when they come here they come in bunches.”
City councilwoman Darlene Graham, an allergy sufferer, wasn’t a big fan of the plan.