Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 16, 2012

Bell: Drug bill won’t stop meth

GLASGOW — The implementation of a new senate bill that limits the amount of pseudoephedrine sold without a prescription came into effect last week.

A local state representative who has been a proponent of strict limits on the drug says the bill won’t make much of a difference in the effort to stop the methamphetamine problem in Kentucky.

Senate Bill 3, which came into effect July 12, limits the amount of ephedrine-based, pseudoephe-drine-based or phenylpro-panolamine-based drugs available over the county to 15 grams per year and 3.6 grams per month.

The bill also requires the use of an electronic sales logging system to keep track of how much of the drug one person buys, and requires that the system block sales to certain buyers.

“It reduces [the amount of pseudoephedrine available] a little bit, aside from that there’s not any other strong regulation attached to it,” said Johnny Bell, D-Glasgow.

Bell said one thing the bill might do is increase the amount of “Smurfers,” people who send friends or relatives to gather pseudoephedrine when their limits have been met at drug stores.

Bell said the reason a stricter bill was not passed was because of strong compromises in congress and false information given by opponenents from the pharmaceutical industry.

 

For the full story, read Tuesday's print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.

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