Police to Enforce Drug Ordinance Despite AG Opinion

Winchester Police Chief Dennis Young told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that he plans to continue enforcing the city’s ordinance requiring a doctor’s prescription for pseudoephedrine-based cold medications, despite an opinion from state Attorney General Robert Cooper saying that the local measure is in conflict with state law. Winchester is among 18 towns and cities that have enacted ordinances since June in an effort to combat growing methamphetamine abuse in their communities. Frustrated law enforcement officials say the local anti-meth moves are necessary because of what they argue are inadequate efforts by the state legislature to address the problem.