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New pill to curb meth making in Missouri?

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

According to an Associated Press survey of the nation's top meth-producing states, Missouri continues to lead the nation. And now, experts say they hope a brand new pill helps crack down on meth-making in the Show-Me-State.

There is a new form of pseudoephedrine called Zephrex-D and it's a cold and sinus pill, but creators say it can not be used to cook meth.

Hannibal Clinic's Dr. Jeffry Evans tells us that when meth-makers try to get what they need out of this pill, it will not crystallize, instead, it turns into a gooey substance.

No word on whether pharmaceutical companies will use this formula for all psudoephedrine drugs, but Dr. Evans says, it would be nice.

"If we can wind up having pseudoephedrine available again for widespread use, I think it would help people symptomatically feel better; especially during winter time," said Dr. Evans. 

This formula may slow down meth production for a while, but as Lieutenant John Zirbonia of Hannibal Police Department says...with any illegal drug, where there's a will, there's a way.

"It's been our experience that those that are involved in the production of meth are resourceful and they with time usually find ways around the new laws and restrictions," said Lieutenant Zirbonia.

For now Zephrex-D is only being released to select Missouri pharmacies. Other pharmacists say if there is a demand for it, they will put it on the shelves.

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