ST. LOUIS (AP) - A cold and allergy decongestant containing what the manufacturer says is the first pseudoephedrine that cannot be used in meth production is now available nationwide.
The Drug Enforcement Administration refuses to allow Zephrex-D to be sold over the counter, saying government chemists were able to manufacture methamphetamine from the product.
Zephrex-D has been sold in Missouri since December and suburban St. Louis company Westport Pharmaceuticals rolled out the product to 15,000 pharmacies nationwide last month.
Westport says the amount of meth that can be made using Zephrex-D is so small that it's impractical for meth-makers. The Missouri Narcotics Officers Association says it hasn't found the product in any meth labs.
Nonetheless, the DEA insisted Tuesday that Zephrex-D must be sold from behind the counter like all other pseudoephedrine products.
The FBI is reaching out to the public to help ID the suspect in ten bank robberies that span five states.
The so-called "I-55 Bandit" has robbed or attempted to rob banks in Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, West Virginia, and Tennessee.
The suspect is described as a white male in his early to mid 20s with a thin build. He has short brown or strawberry blonde hair and stands about 6′-6’3″ tall. All of the banks he targeted in the metro area were along Interstate 55. The FBI is accepting tips by phone atl 1-800-225-5324 or visit FBI.gov
A Missouri Vietnam War veteran has finally received recognition for his bravery.
With the help of Senator Clair McCaskill, Walter Sitzwohl was awarded the Purple Heart he earned after being wounded while on patrol in 1969. Sitzwohl's wife Tomme contacted Senator McCaskill in July and the Senator's office opened a case on behalf of the army veteran. McCaskill is a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The 65 year old Sitzwohl served nearly two years in Vietnam.
After reviewing its records, the Army determined Sitzwohl should have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal for injuries sustained in combat.