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Latest news: 07-07-2010

Anti-meth law has reduced number of U.S. labs

WA - Illegal meth labs have become scarcer and their federally funded cleanups cheaper, a new report shows. Since 2006, when Congress passed an anti-methamphetamine measure, the number of meth lab cleanups nationwide "has decreased significantly," auditors found. Investigators attribute the decline to the law that made it harder to buy key chemicals used in illicit drug production. "DEA officials attribute the decrease in cleanups ... to the passage of the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005, which imposed significant restrictions on the sale of pseudoephedrine to methamphetamine manufacturers," inspector general auditors noted.

Full story, The Miami Herald

New therapies, drugs offer hope to meth addicts

CA - The United States is in the middle of a new wave of methamphetamine abuse, but programs to treat speed addicts are behind the times, say Bay Area researchers who are studying new therapies - and new drugs - that they hope will help people kick the habit. "If someone needs treatment now, they might as well go to any place for any kind of addiction, because there's no specific treatment for methamphetamine. And the programs we have don't work that well," said Dr. John Mendelson, a senior scientist with the Addiction and Pharmacology Research Laboratory at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

Full story, The San Francisco Chronicle

Pseudoephedrine legislation has been a battle

IN - It’s been almost a year since Sally Harpold woke up to police officers banging on the door of her rural Parke County home. She was arrested for unknowingly violating a state law aimed at stopping “mom and pop” meth labs. Harpold had bought too much cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine, thus putting her on the police radar as a possible maker of methamphetamine. She was handcuffed, booked into the Vermillion County jail and her name and photo were published in a local newspaper, giving her a negative notoriety she says she never deserved.

Full story, The Tribune Star

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