House Judiciary Committee Has First Hearing on PSE Bill

A proposal to restrict the purchase of pseudoephedrine-containing medicine is now up for discussion in the Kentucky House of Representatives. The cold medicine is a key ingredient in meth production, and lawmakers hope restricting PSE will reduce meth use in the commonwealth. Earlier this month, the Senate passed a compromise proposal. That bill limits consumers […]

Florida’s Primary, California’s Meth Problem, Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: The polls are open in Florida for a primary that Mitt Romney hopes will give him a stronger hand in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Romney is heavily favored in Florida, and it’s a pivotal contest, in a month of high-stakes elections. 1:12pm: Meth is a serious problem here in Kentucky. It’s […]

Officials Frustrated With Meth Lab Proliferation

From Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio The deputy director of the Operation Unite anti-drug program says his officers are spending so much time cleaning up meth labs, there’s not much left for other drug interdiction efforts. Dan Smoot says meth production is such a problem in southern and eastern Kentucky right now that police have […]

Plan To Track Meth Ingredient Clears Indiana Legislature

From the Associated Press A bill to require computerized tracking by Indiana retailers of cold medicines used in making methamphetamine has cleared the state legislature. The Senate voted 41-8 today for the bill, which the House approved Thursday. It would have all stores selling ephedrine or pseudoephedrine enter the identity of customers into a multi-state […]

Officers' Group Wants More Restrictions On Meth Ingredient

The Kentucky Narcotics Officers’ Association is pushing for state legislation that would require a doctor’s prescription for the purchase of pseudoephedrine. The drug, found in some cold medicines, is also a key ingredient in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The state already requires that over-the-counter purchases of medicines containing pseudoephedrine be limited and tracked electronically, but […]

Cross-Border Effort Focuses on Cutting Meth Production

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has announced a partnership with Southern Indiana law enforcement to combat the high number of meth labs near the states’ common border. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Gov. Beshear and Indiana law enforcement officials in Clark and Floyd counties say they are going to share information using a Kentucky database to […]