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Mississippi Officials Says Pseudoephedrine Prescription Law Has Reduced Meth Labs


The Director of Mississippi’s Bureau of Narcotics says the state’s law requiring prescriptions for cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in methamphetamine, has reduced the number of meth labs in the state.

In the six months since the law went into effect, the number of meth labs has fallen by 70 percent, Marshall Fisher told the Register-Herald.

West Virginia is trying to pass a similar bill. The West Virginia Retailers Association, which represents stores including chain pharmacies, independent drug stores and groceries, opposes the bill. The group says an existing law that requires medications containing pseudoephedrine to be located behind the counter is effective.

Oregon requires a prescription for the tablet form of pseudoephedrine. Since Oregon instituted the law in 2005, meth labs have almost disappeared from the state, the Tulsa World reported in June.

2 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of Paul B
    Paul B / October 24, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    May be missing the point here (not that is even raised. Have not most of the meth production facilities been moved South of the Border? and being controlled in better facilities than a 16 X40 MH could ever hope to achieve, not to mention distribution.

  2. Avatar of tom mcmahon
    tom mcmahon / October 26, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    There’s certainly MTO meth showing up in US cities but the small batch labs are increasing regardless of the Mexican traffic.Small batch labs produce a generally superior dope-cheaply.Pseudo was controlled until 1976, and only it being controlled will stop the small labs.[It won't stop all abuse]Pharma groups are making a fortune on it’s sale so they’re fighting such efforts tooth and nail.Small labs are expected to increase this year by 20 to 30 percent,even with state tracking programs,which are commonly funded by pharmas.

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