An initiative by District Attorney General Lori Phillips-Jones to limit the availability of a key meth-making drug has apparently been received warmly by area pharmacies.

Phillips-Jones, who has made drugs a primary focal point since being appointed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam last year to succeed her long-tenured uncle, met with Scott County pharmacists last month about the possibility of replacing Sudafed with a newer, alternative drug — Nexafed — that creates headaches for meth-makers.

The issue is the active ingredient in the popular cold and allergy medication. Pseudoephedrine is the primary ingredient in meth. Without it, the average meth “cook” cannot concoct the illicit drug.

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Ben Garrett is Independent Herald editor. Contact him at bgarrett@ihoneida.com. Follow him on Twitter, @benwgarrett.