The IIWF supports the decision by the House Committee on Courts and Criminal Procedure to deny a vote on the recently proposed legislation that would have significantly curtailed the rights of law-abiding Indiana families. The proposal they rejected would have implemented a costly prescription requirement for all cold and allergy medicine containing pseudoephedrine.
Requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine is not the right solution to Indiana’s meth problem. A mandate would have had a drastically negative effect on low-income families who rely on this medicine remaining affordable. Families under the poverty level can ill-afford to skip work for a doctor’s visit; not to mention the additional costs required for that visit. Moreover, few of the families our organization represents have enough insurance to cover these visits, forcing parents to pay out-of-pocket for each consultation.
We are thankful for the legislature’s efforts to curtail meth abuse, and we are equally grateful for their choice to protect honest, low-income families.
— Derek Thomas
Senior policy analyst, Indiana Institute for Working Families