Rogers Speaks In Favor Of Anti-Meth Bill

U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers is speaking out in favor of prescription drug legislation aimed at fighting methamphetamine production in Kentucky.

Many cold and allergy medicines contain pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.  Legislation under consideration in Frankfort would require prescriptions for cold remedies containing pseudoephedrine, and Congressman Hal Rogers is urging passage.

“This bill is not about eliminating cold medications.  It’s about saving lives.  And it can be done by requiring prescriptions for just 15 boxes of pseudoephedrine products,” he says.

Rogers says 137 other cold and allergy remedies that don’t contain pseudoephedrine will be still be available over-the-counter.  Despite the congressman’s appeal, the legislation has a steep hill to climb.  No votes have been taken yet, but Pat Davis, wife of U.S. Congressman Geoff Davis of Kentucky, is among the opponents.

“I think it’s unfair to punish the vast majority of law abiding citizens who have cold or allergies because of the criminal activities of a few,” she says.

The bill cleared the Senate Judiciary Commitee, but a similar measure in the House still awaits a committee vote.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.