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Political heavy-hitters take sides on drug bill

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers has led the fight against drugs in the Appalachian region and is now calling for state lawmakers to require some over-the-counter cold medicines to be sold only to people with prescriptions.

Pat Davis, the wife of another Kentucky congressman, asked lawmakers not to do it because it would cost families far more to treat a simple cold by essentially forcing them to the doctor to get what's now over-the-counter medications.

Both testified Thursday before a Senate committee considering legislation that would require prescriptions for medications containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in meth. The measure has widespread support in the Kentucky legislature despite strong opposition from industry groups, including the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

State police found more than 1,100 meth labs in Kentucky last year.

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