BRANSON, Mo. -- City leaders are working to push methamphetamine production outside their city limits. An ordinance requiring prescriptions for products containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in meth, went into effect in May. Branson Police believe the ordinance is working.
"We take it quite seriously," said Assistant Police Chief Stan Dobbins.
Police say pharmacies in Branson have seen sales of pseudoephedrine products drastically decline since the ordinance went into effect.
"No longer are you able to walk in, show your license, and pick up pseudoephedrine products. It now requires a prescription, which comes from a physician," said pharmacist Dan Priest of Lakeland Pharmacy.
Priest said the new city ordinance that requires prescriptions for those medications has made things simpler for his pharmacy in some ways, but he said it is also an inconvenience for some customers.
"Probably the average was around $3 to $5. Now you've got to add the cost of a doctor's office visit," Priest said.