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.
Bath salts are legal synthetic stimulants sold in convenience stores and smoke shops. But Rep. John Tilley says the product, often called “Dove,” is being abused. He says prolonged use can lead to paranoia, hallucinations and delusions.
There are similar bills in the House and Senate. They would make cold medicines that contain the meth ingredient and decongestant pseudoephedrine, or PSE, available by prescription only.
Many law enforcement officers support the legislation, since it would make meth harder to manufacture. But Major Tony King with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department says prescription drugs are abused, too.
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.
Kentucky lawmakers appear ready to crackdown on stimulants called “bath salts,” that are being sold in many gas stations and convenience stores across the commonwealth.
Dr. Henry Spiller of the Kentucky Regional Poison Center in Louisville says the “salts” contain stimulants that users snort, inject and smoke.
Pseudoephedrine, which is found in most over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines, is a key ingredient in illegally manufactured methamphetamine. And with the number of meth labs exploding in Kentucky, two bills requiring prescriptions for medicines containing pseudoephedrine have been introduced in Frankfort.
The number of methamphetamine labs found in Kentucky has again increased over last year, as law enforcement officials face dwindling resources in fighting the drug.
Kentucky will receive a share of a 75 million dollar settlement in a lawsuit over drug marketing. The commonwealth is among several states to settle with Johnson & Johnson over how the Topamax drug was marketed to doctors.
The Louisville Metro Council will consider some hot button resolutions at its regular meeting Thursday.
A Louisville Metro Council committee will begin discussing a proposed resolution this week that aims to curb methamphetamine production across the state.