[SIZE=+2]Lawmaker wants baking soda to be sold behind counter
[/SIZE] [SIZE=-1]07:21 PM CDT on Thursday, April 5, 2007
[/SIZE] [SIZE=-1] [/SIZE] What do you think about selling baking soda behind the counter to stop drug makers?
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis legislator wants to require that baking soda be sold behind the pharmacy counter, as part of an effort aimed at a base ingredient in crack cocaine.
The proposal by Democratic Representative Talibdin El-Amin is modeled after a state law that requires some cold medicines to be placed behind the pharmacy counter because they contain ingredients used to make meth.
The anti-meth law requires customers to show a photo I-D and sign a book specifying their name, address and how much they purchased.
El-Amin's bill would implement similar requirements for the purchase of sodium bicarbonate, otherwise known as baking soda. The measure was filed last month and has yet to receive a hearing.
Federal drug enforcement officers questioned whether adopting the restrictions for a commonly used product would work.