NZPA: PM’s adviser recommends P precursor drug ban

An NZPA report in the New Zealand Herald on a report written by Chief Science Advisor Professor Sir Peter Gluckman looking at how pseudoephedrine could be removed from over the counter cold and flu medications, in a bid to stop the ingredient being used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“Mr Key confirmed yesterday that Professor Sir Peter Gluckman had delivered a report on precursors, the chemicals that are used to make the drug methamphetamine, known as P.

“He asked Sir Peter to prepare the report and focus on whether it would be possible to eliminate pseudoephedrine from cold tablets that are sold off prescription.

“He has recommended a number of potential options. One of them is to ban pseudoephedrine in terms of over-the-counter and non-hospital medication,” Mr Key said at his post-Cabinet press conference.”