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Latest news: 02-17-09

Limits on Mexican pseudoephedrine might lead to Arizona lab resurgence

Arizona's efforts to eradicate meth production, largely through local ordinances restricting sales of drugs containing pseudoephedrine, have proved successful over the past five years.

The number of labs seized in the state plummeted from more than 200 in 2002 to fewer than a dozen in 2007 as manufacturers moved operations to Mexico.

But those efforts didn't do much to curb demand in the state, and with Mexican authorities continuing their own push to limit the availability of pseudoephedrine, Arizona experts expect lab seizures in the state to start climbing again.

Full story, The Arizona Republic

Man arrested for allegedly making "pimp juice"

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA - A call into Livingston Parish sheriff's deputies by a concerned passerby netted a meth lab and concoction some say they had only heard about.

Deputies say someone reported seeing a man passed out inside an old abandoned bait shop on Magnolia Bridge Road.

When they arrived, they say they found the makings of a meth lab and a mixture called "pimp juice," a combination of meth and Kool-Aid.

Deputies arrested 44-year-old Milton Webb and charged him with one count each of possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, and manufacturing meth.  He was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center and remains there on a $525,500 bond.


Missouri bill would require prescriptions for cold medicine

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A doctor's visit and a prescription would be needed for many cold medicines under a Missouri bill aimed at targeting methamphetamine production.

Supporters say the move would prevent criminals from buying up hundreds of pseudoephedrine-based pills, which can be converted into meth.  They argue that visiting multiple doctors and securing multiple prescriptions would scare away many of the meth producers.

People already are limited in the amount of pseudoephedrine they can buy and must sign a log book each time they buy the medicine.  Lawmakers authorized an electronic monitoring system last year but
did not fund it.

Critics of the prescription bill say it would increase waiting times and costs for patients who need only basic medical care.

A Senate committee heard testimony on the bill yesterday but did not take action.


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