Beshear Unsure On Pseudoephedrine Bill

by Gabe Bullard on February 4, 2011

by Graham Shelby

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear hasn’t decided if he’ll sign a bill that would make medicine containing the meth ingredient and decongestant pseudoephedrine available by prescription-only.

The Governor says he wants to reduce the number of meth labs in the state, but is concerned about the effect of the measure on law-abiding citizens. In addition, he says it’s hard to know if any new law enforcement system is going to be effective before it’s implemented.

“When we first put our system that we have now in, for about the first two years, the lab numbers really dropped, and then of course they came back up as people figured out somehow how to get around the system. And I’m concerned that I don’t know how effective it will be,” he says.

Beshear says he intends to listen to the debate in Frankfort before making up his mind. That debate will continue next week. Proponents of the bill say the measure would drastically limit meth-makers access to a key component of the illegal drug methamphetamine.

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RR1911 February 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm

He SHOULD veto it. All this bill would do is hurt families and drive up the cost of the health care, and we cannot afford that. I have sinus problems, and I need pseudoephedrine to breathe. No other “medicine” even works.

This is a must-veto bill.

Jessica February 7, 2011 at 8:47 am

This bill is ridiculous and needs a VETO. Do people really think that this is going to have any real long-term effect on meth labs? All it does is put another undue burden on those of us who follow the law.

Health Scatter February 8, 2011 at 11:41 pm

The initial system put into Patriot Act II by Diane Feinstein and Jim Talent did catastrophic things to the health of many individuals, only to help those who chose to abuse their bodies. Their is never a valid reason in America to damage the lives of the innocent in order to protect the guilty. All such a law will do is make this medicine more expensive for the middle class and prohibitive for the lower class. The worst part is there is no decongestant alternative that has ever been shown to be better than a placebo against sinus infections, so a lot of people would be doomed by this bill.

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