Supporters of a bill aimed at curbing meth production in Kentucky say they are not giving up their fight, even though the measure is unlikely to pass in the current legislative session.
The bill would make certain cold medicines that contain the meth ingredient pseudoephedrine available by prescription-only. Supporters, such as Louisville Metro Police Sergeant Stan Salyards, say they’ll push for it again next year because it’s the only way to stop meth.
“Enforcement’s really not going to solve this problem because we’re not going to be able to arrest our way out of this problem,” he says.
Salyards says Oregon and Mississippi have seen success with similar laws. Further, he says action is necessary soon. Meth labs busts reached at an all time-high last year, topping one thousand. Salyards says the Kentucky State Police expects to find more than 14 hundred labs this year.
Opponents of the bill say it would affect innocent people who can’t afford to visit a doctor to get a prescription for cold medicine. Others say prescription drugs can also be abused, and the bill would be ineffective.