Kentucky Considers Requiring Cold Medicine Prescriptions to Thwart Meth Labs

Kentucky is considering whether to require prescriptions for cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in methamphetamine. Manufacturers of cold medicines are urging legislators in the state to instead ban people who have been convicted of methamphetamine-related crimes from purchasing the drugs.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Carlos Gutierrez of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association told Kentucky legislators that this tactic has been effective in other states.

While 20 states considered laws requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine last year, none passed.

Dan Smoot of Operation UNITE, a drug task force in southeastern Kentucky, told the newspaper banning people who have been convicted of meth-related crimes from buying cold medicine would not be effective. He pointed out most meth makers pay people called “smurfers” to buy cold medicine. These people usually don’t have criminal records, he said.

Officials told legislators that the number of meth labs in Kentucky is growing. By the end of August, there were 809 meth-lab cases, a 20 percent increase from the same period last year.

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    Debra Rincon Lopez

    October 19, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    IF they really want results they will do what OREGON did & follow suit in Locking up all COLD MEds. WHAT Are they waiting for??? MORE DEATH and destruction,crime, and ADDICTION. DO THE RIGHT THING ASAP, for the good of all people, addicts, drug users, families, especially the children this affects. PLEASE DO IT TODAY!! LOCK UP THE COLD TABS Today!!!

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