In a statement to supporters, Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett came out against legislation that would regulate over-the-counter cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine.
The bill would require a person to get a doctor’s prescription to purchase cold medicine and is a measure that supporters contend will combat the proliferation of methamphetamine labs in Kentucky.
“I understand the urgent desire to address the meth problem in Kentucky, but we also have a very bad prescription drug abuse problem here already,” Moffett says. “The biggest impact this bill will have is on increased costs for innocent Kentuckians. Attacking the root cause of the problem is the only real solution. My jobs and education plans will do much more for the drug problem in Kentucky than SB 45 ever will, and cost less too.”
While making its way through the General Assembly, the bill has sparked a debate that has divided state lawmakers, pharmaceutical companies and law enforcement officers, who disagree on whether making cold medicine prescription-only will have an effect.
Moffett, a Louisville businessman affiliated with the Tea Party, calls Senate Bill 45 an abuse of power by “ruling class politicians” such as his GOP opponent, Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, who is in favor of the bill.
According to the Moffett campaign, Williams is supporting a “snot tax” that won’t decrease drug abuse or the threat that meth labs present.
The three-way GOP primary in the Kentucky governor’s race also includes Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw, who announced her candidacy late last month.