Resolution Targets Meth With Prescription Change

by Gabe Bullard on February 1, 2010

A Louisville Metro Council committee will begin discussing a proposed resolution this week that aims to curb methamphetamine production across the state.

The resolution comes from Councilwoman Vicki Welch and it asks the state legislature to make pseudoephedrine a prescription drug. Pseudoephedrine is a common ingredient in over-the-counter cold medicines, but is also extracted from those medicines for meth production.

The state currently limits and tracks pseudoephedrine purchases, but Welch says that isn’t stopping meth manufacturers.

“The meth producers have people that are called smurfers that they send out every month to get their 9 grams, and these little colonies of smurfers are producing it,” she says.

Meth lab arrests increased in Louisville and across Kentucky last year. Welch says she’s talked with a few state legislators about the resolution, and is hopeful they will take action if it passes the council.

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mike smith February 1, 2010 at 5:13 am

OH no…This is the only thing (psudoephedrin) that helps my ashtma. Now I’ll have to beg a physician for it.

Dean February 1, 2010 at 8:52 am

The police have to be smarter than the meth-heads, and use existing technology, or develop intelligence driven investigations. They are not using existing laws requiring the reporting of PSE sales, and existing data-bases, such as Meth-Check, that has been in our state for some time now. Ask your local sheriff, or chief who are backing this bill if his agency is a member of Meth Check (the service is provided free to law enforcement)to monitor PSE Sales in his jurisdiction. I bet a Who-Dat T-Shirt, they don’t know. But these lacklustre leaders will wring their hands and tell elected officials they need more money, they need more laws. The same leaders who look at meth cases as black-holes. They get nothing, they don’t seize cars, property, or other assets, because they’re just not there, or tainted with a haz-mat liabilities. So, there’s nothing in it for them, other than doing the job we expect them to do. We get arrest numbers, but why are they silent on the number convicted?

Gabe Bullard February 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Dean:

Thank you for your comment. The conviction issue is something to always keep in mind. Convictions and plea bargains are common in meth cases. The LMPD disagrees with this, but attorneys say that since so much evidence is toxic and must be destroyed, and since jails are crowded and repeat offenses are common, the existing methods of prosecuting and punishing meth manufacturers aren’t working.

Proposals for changing this range from stricter sentences to reduced rights for convicts to flat-out legalization of meth.

P.S. I’ve asked law enforcement officers about Meth Check…can I get a Who-Dat shirt before the game on Sunday? (just kidding)

Tammy February 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm

So, I have to go to my doctor for the sniffles? I cant purchase it, or posess it without a prescription. So, if I come to your state for a visit, and I have some cold pills for my use, I will end up in jail, my car impounded, my kids put ina shelter until I post a bond?

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