To the Editor:
I recently read reports in the Oklahoman and Tulsa World about Asthma and Allergy Foundation’s 2012 Fall Allergy Capitals rankings. Every fall and spring, AAFA ranks the cities with the toughest allergy seasons. As a lifelong allergy sufferer, I was not surprised to learn that Oklahoma City and Tulsa ranked high on the list this fall. According to AAFA, Oklahoma City is the seventh toughest American city to live in with fall allergy symptoms, while Tulsa is number 19.
These rankings underscore how important it is for Oklahoma allergy sufferers to have access to the allergy medicines they depend on for relief from symptoms. I take Claritin regularly—especially during allergy season—because it allows me to take one pill that lasts the entire day.
Thankfully, the Oklahoma House and Senate came together around a balanced solution to the meth problem that focuses on improving our state’s effective electronic tracking system. Going forward, I hope that Oklahoma leaders will give the new law and the improved technology time to work so that allergy suffers like me can continue to buy the products we need.
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