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Latest news: 11-9-2009

Pharmacists see effect of Oklahoma meth law

OK - A new initiative launched by Oklahoma’s narcotic watchdogs to stop illicit use of the key ingredient in making methamphetamine is already having an effect.

Since Nov. 1, a birth date is required to purchase pseudoephedrine at pharmacies. And out-of-state drivers’ licenses or identification cards no longer will be accepted.

Full story, Muskogee Phoenix

Missouri receives federal funding for anhydrous ammonia safety 

Kansas City, MO - EPA has awarded the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) and Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) a total of $75,000 to assist with outreach, education and implementation of the Clean Air Act’s Risk Management Program.   All fertilizer facilities that handle, process or store more than 10,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia are subject to EPA’s chemical safety requirements.

"EPA is proud to award these funds, which will help to reduce accidental anhydrous ammonia releases," said William Rice, acting regional administrator. "The Risk Management Program was designed to prevent releases and protect the health and safety of area residents, employees at the facilities, emergency responders and the environment.”

Full press release, Environmental Protection Agency

Grant will help police investigate meth labs

Battle Creek, MI - For the first time, a Battle Creek foundation is giving money to law enforcement to fight the use of methamphetamine.

The Battle Creek Community Foundation announced Friday a $10,000 grant to the Substance Abuse Council and its Meth Task Force to buy supplies for police officers called to investigate meth labs.

Full story, Battle Creek Enquirer

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