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Latest news: 3-22-2010

Feelings mixed on Ky. meth bill

KY - Law enforcement and legislators differ on the potential effectiveness of a recently passed Kentucky Senate bill intending to curb methamphetamine production. The bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and passed in the Senate 38-0 on Wednesday, would create a precursor block list overseen by the state Office of Drug Control Policy, under which anyone convicted of a drug-related crime would be unable to purchase pseudoephedrine, a cold medicine considered the key ingredient in meth, for five years after conviction. The legislation also would reduce from 9 grams to 7.5 grams the amount of ephedrine, phenylpropanolamine or pseudoephedrine someone could legally possess in a month.

Full story, The Bowling Green Daily

Oregon's sucessful meth law a model for other states

The newest front lines in the war on meth have been drawn and this time they are your local pharmacy. A meth user can't make methamphetamine without pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in most over-the-counter cold medicines like Sudafed, so first Oregon and now Missouri and Mississippi  have made those medicines available only with a prescription. The success of those laws, particularly Oregon's, which has been on the books for five years, has lawmakers from California  to Washington, D.C., considering ways to make it harder to get these drugs.

Full story, from ABC World News

Time has little meaning when you're strung out

SC - Carl remembers sitting at his home computer one fateful evening obsessively trolling internet sex sites for a hook-up. What he can’t recall is how long he was perched there. Eight hours…10…12? The problem is time has little meaning when you’re strung out on crystal meth and chasing your next sexual encounter. More to the point, nothing is of any consequence except the hunt; it is all-consuming. Carl received a stark, painful reminder of this fact that night..

Full story, qnotes

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