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Wash. considers electronic tracking for meth

WA - A South Sound lawmaker wants to further regulate and track sales of over-the-counter cold medicines – this time through an electronic database. A bill by Rep. Tom Campbell, R-Roy, would set up an automated computer system to track people who buy cold medicines such as Sudafed, which contains ingredients essential to methamphetamine production. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington opposes the bill, saying it would invade privacy and treat legitimate drug buyers like potential criminals in order to fight a problem that’s under control.

Full story, The Olympian

Miss. meth bill goes to governor

MS - If Mississippi House Bill 512 is signed into law, it will mean no more buying cold pills with Pseudoephedrine with out a prescription. The hope is to stop criminals from cooking Meth in Mississippi. "If you can't buy it at the store they won't be able to use it and they won't be able to cook nothing up," said resident Trey Ford. Meth labs are popping up daily, like at the Holiday Inn in Horn Lake Tuesday night. Law enforcement is welcoming the law.

Full story, WREG-TV

Editorial: Ky. faces meth resurgence

KY - Methamphetamine is easy to make using some common and cheap ingredients, but the demand that drives its production arises from complex sources that will be expensive to address. Here's a list of common characteristics of meth users: They're poor, have limited education, bad health, few jobs skills and are under- or unemployed. Anyone who's been awake in Kentucky the last few decades knows those are the knotty problems at the heart of so many of our issues.

Full story, Lexington Herald-Leader

Elkhart County leads Ind. in meth labs

IN - Elkhart County led the state in methamphetamine lab incidents in 2009, according to statistics released this week by the Indiana State Police. The county's 109 seizures were 26 more than Marshall County, which ranked second, said 1st Sgt. Niki Crawford of the Indiana State Police. St. Joseph County ranked 21st with 15 recoveries.

Full story, South Bend Tribune

Authorities charge 20 with meth crimes

KS - A large anti-meth operation conducted over the past eight months led authorities to execute 10 search warrants and file charges against 20 people, officials announced Wednesday. The search warrants were executed in Chanute, Iola, Stark, Paola and Fort Scott, Kansas Attorney General Steve Six said. Prosecutors from the Attorney General's Office charged 20 people with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of materials used to make meth, possession of meth, conspiracy to distribute meth and other crimes. Officers arrested 17 of the 20 people Tuesday.

Full story, The Wichita Eagle

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