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Senate committee passes bill to curb meth

March 16, 2010 | | Comments 8

FRANKFORT — Those who have been convicted of crimes related to the production of methamphetamine would be blocked from buying any medications with pseudoephedrine for five years under a proposal that passed a Senate committee on Tuesday.

Sen. Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and sponsor of Senate Bill 211, said the measure was a compromise designed to curb the number of methamphetamine labs in Kentucky.

Stivers said those who have been convicted of drug-related offenses would go on a list, which the state’s pharmacies and other retail outlets that sell cold medicine could access. Pseudoephedrine is used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Stivers said a similar bill, House Bill 497, which would require a prescription for all cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, was opposed by the pharmaceutical industry and retail stores. Although many in law enforcement backed House Bill 497, Stivers said Senate Bill 211 would still curb access to pseudoephedrine.

House Bill 497 has not yet been heard by a House committee. The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed the bill with one senator not voting. It will now go to the full Senate.

– Beth Musgrave

Filed Under: KY General Assembly

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  1. CHINGO says:

    wow. now we are getting serious. If there ever was a deterrent, that’s it.!!!

  2. jacobfreeman says:

    Drugs have destroyed the rural culture of Kentucky and this is the best you can do? I am astounded at the spineless representitives in state government. What a bunch of Pu$$ies.

  3. bill says:

    look people this is so stupid. If you want to buy suda all you have to do is go online and get 5000 pills for $200.00 or drive to another state and get them. Thsi law will do no good its like hitting a bear with a fly swatter. If you want to stop this you have to put these people in drug rehab for one to two years not a prison. Have we as a society not learn that laws don’t work only rehab does.

  4. Bill Adkins says:

    Hilariously stupid and doomed to failure. Comical yet sad.

  5. gunzmith says:

    put a 500 dollar tax on each bottle of medicine that contains pseudoephedrine of any kind or ban the drug industry from selling it at all in kentucky………………………but apparently our representives are bought off by the drug dealers and drug industry

  6. handiman says:

    It appears they are using meth to come up with a budget.

    Hope the law doesn’t go into affect before the session end.

  7. Dr M says:

    Pseudoephedrine is a very useful and effective nasal decongestant. Law abiding citizens should not be prohibited from obtaining it because of criminal’s misuse. Apparently gunzmith has never had a stuffy nose.

  8. jo says:

    I am very concerned about the meth problem myself.I think the law enforcement has done a wonderful job working on this problem.From my own experience i did two years in prison and the education i got while i was there about what meth does to your body and the thought of my children being on it while i was there broke my heart every day of the two years.So now no amount of money could make me ever do the stuff again! now I am enrolled in college to be a drug treatment counselor.I have had to buy cold medicine one time since im glad i still have that right. thanks