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Latest news: 04-14-2010

Clandestine labs continue to pose threat to America

IA - In testimony today before the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control in Washington DC, Iowa Drug Policy Coordinator Gary Kendell cited progress in combating methamphetamine, but cautioned that resilient meth cooks and their clandestine labs continue to pose dangers in America. Kendell voiced support for a technology tool to help enforce existing laws regulating pseudoephedrine, a key meth-making ingredient found in many cold and allergy products. “Since sweeping state and federal laws to control pseudoephedrine were enacted nearly five years ago, the number of meth labs in Iowa has dropped 82 percent, from a peak of 125 labs per month in 2004 to an average of about 22 a month in 2009,” said Kendell. “The drop in meth labs also resulted in a reduction in meth-related treatment and prison admissions, as well as fewer meth-related child abuse cases in Iowa.”

Full story, From IowaPolitics.com

Pseudoephedrine to become prescription-only nationwide?

Senators like to hold hearings to show how smart they are, and how strong they are on a particular issue. But sometimes, when the problems are complex and there's no clear political gain for one party over another, they show a little humanity. That's what Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), did today while chairing a hearing of the Senate Drug Caucus about making pseudoephedrine -- a popular nasal decongestant and the key ingredient in the production of the illegal stimulant methamphetamine  -- a prescription only-product nationwide. Meth or ice, as it's sometimes known, is a highly addictive stimulant but blamed for an increase in property crimes, identity theft and child abuse. It's pretty easy to make by "cooking" the pseudoephedrine found in such cold medicines as Sudafed and Claritin-D, which are currently available only behind the pharmacy counter. Accidents in so-called meth labs have caused fires and left toxic waste sites in neighborhoods.

Full story, from National Public Radio

Traffic stop results in 5.5 pounds of meth found

OK - A sheriff’s deputy discovered $150,000 worth of methamphetamine during a routine traffic stop in central Oklahoma, a sheriff’s office spokesman said. Mark Myers, spokesman for the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, said an Oklahoma County sheriff’s deputy assigned to the Central Oklahoma Metro Interdiction Team made a routine traffic stop of two individuals inside a Lincoln Navigator on Interstate 35 near East Britton Road. 

Full story, The Edmond Sun

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