The primary sponsor of legislation attempting to make pseudoephedrine available by prescription only is taking a smaller role. State Senator Tom Jensen announced today that he will no longer be the main sponsor of Senate Bill 50. Jensen said opponents of the legislation were quickly attaching him personally to the controversial bill, something he wanted to… Continue reading Jensen Reduces Role on Psuedoephedrine Bill After Personal Attacks,
The sponsor of a bill aimed at fighting meth in Kentucky says his proposal will be more effective if the state increases regulations around prescription drugs. Representative Brent Yonts has introduced a bill that requires anyone who has been convicted of a meth-related crime to have a prescription to buy cold medicines that contain the… Continue reading Yonts Says Tighter Prescription Controls Would Enhance His Anti-Meth Bill
Officials from outside of Kentucky are encouraging state lawmakers not to repeat their missteps in the fight against meth. At a joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, officials from Oklahoma and Mississippi testified about how they’ve restricted the purchase of pseudoephedrine (PSE)—a common decongestant in cold medicines and an integral ingredient in meth. Mississippi… Continue reading State Lawmakers Encouraged to Take Prescription-Only PSE Approach
The fight over making pseudoephedrine available only by prescription is heating up again in the Kentucky legislature. The state Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to take up the bill on Thursday morning. Last week, senators made passionate speeches on the chamber floor in favor of the bill. The idea is supported by most of Senate… Continue reading Fight Over Pseudoephedrine Renewed in Kentucky State Senate
A new bill that has been pre-filed in the Kentucky legislature for next year would block convicted methamphetamine offenders from buying key meth ingredients without a prescription, but not everyone is convinced the proposed law would be effective. State Representative Brent Yonts, D-15, has introduced legislation that would create a drug offender database that would… Continue reading Effectiveness of Meth Bill Proposal Questioned
by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio A Kentucky state lawmaker has pre-filed legislation that would require a prescription for cold and allergy medicines, but it would only apply to convicted meth offenders. Many over-the-counter cold remedies contain pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used to make meth. Democratic Representative Brent Yonts wants to create a block list for… Continue reading Bill Requiring Prescriptions for Cold Medicines Would Only Apply to Certain Convicts
State lawmakers heard a variety of opinions on how to limit methamphetamine production today. The number of meth labs in Kentucky has been increasing for years. The drug manufacturer group Consumer Healthcare Products told the Joint Committee on the Judiciary the state should create a database of people who have been convicted of meth-related crimes.… Continue reading Meth Debate Picks Up as General Assembly Nears
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… Continue reading Plan To Track Meth Ingredient Clears Indiana Legislature
A computerized tracking system, paid for by the health care products industry, is already used in ten other states, including Kentucky. It would limit the amount of those medicines that could be bought in a 30-day period.
The measure would make over-the-counter drugs that contain the meth ingredient and decongestant pseudoephedrine available by prescription-only. It’s faced harsh criticism from lawmakers who say it places more strain on the uninsured and won’t significantly stop meth production.
But, Majority Floor Leader Robert Stivers says he won’t take the bill off the board until the end of the legislative session. That’s despite statements from the bill’s sponsor conceding defeat on the legislation.