Alabama Considers New Ways to Target Meth

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Alabama lawmakers are considering new ways to block people from buying key ingredients used to make methamphetamine.

A new electronic database that was launched in January has already blocked the sale of more than 70,000 boxes of cold medicine with ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, the main ingredients in the
drug.

The Birmingham News is reporting that
legislators are now considering whether to require prescriptions to buy products that include those two ingredients.

Supporters of the new law say, while the database has helped crack down on meth manufacturing, it doesn't prevent makers from recruiting runners to buy enough cold medicine to make a batch.

But the legislation would likely face opposition from
pharmaceutical companies and lawmakers who see the bill as too onerous.

A law requiring prescriptions for products that contain pseudoephedrine has already been enacted in Mississippi.


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  • by Chris on Dec 27, 2011 at 01:23 PM
    Its always all about money. Pull back the curtains and you'll nearly always find the purpose of any humans actions to be motivated by some sort of money, power, or some other selfish benefit. The medical profession has some of the worst crooks alive. All they want to do is figure out a way to bill Medicare, Medicaid, and your private insurance (and preferably all at once). Don't let these scumbags fool you; insurance is what has enabled the medical profession to succeed. They havnt had to earn a persons dollar like everyone else. Rather, they swipe that insurance card.
  • by Charles Foster Offdensen Location: Meridian on Dec 1, 2011 at 05:18 PM
    This has absolutely NOTHING to do with curtailing the drug problem. Its basically about greedy republican politicians paying their fat cat doctor friends/medical establishment donators back. Mississippi did it and we still have just as bad of a drug situation as before. Dont understand that at all, Haley Barbour got all teary eyed on tv when he was telling us it would solve the drug epidemic. What it did do, however, was leave many of our citizens, who suffer from seasonal allergies, in pain. Especially if you dont have insurance, cant afford a $100 doctor visit or cant afford to take a day off work to get sinus meds. Anything against the working class people, right repubs?
  • by Mike Location: Newton on Nov 29, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    This is what is wrong with the war on drugs, the big drug enforcement machine is soaking up tax dollars for this lost cause. They may make it difficult locally but the makers only have to drive across the border to get more ingredents.
  • by B.C. Location: meridian on Nov 29, 2011 at 04:06 AM
    it is crazy as to how they can charge someone that uses the meds for medical purposes and be charged with intent. the drug uses are making hard on the citizens that are doing right. you have to be very careful as to how you do anything these days. i know someone that has to do 1 year just for going to buy(1 box) sudefed and she was buying it for diving purposes. go figure America is going down and fast. all i am saying is put the drug users i jail not the inoccent.
  • by SteveP Location: Meridan on Nov 28, 2011 at 08:45 PM
    Maybe they could do something about the problem if they went after actual meth heads instead of railroading innocent people into jail like the corrupt police and prosecutor in Marengo County did to Diane Avera of Meridian, who is sitting in jail now for legally buying a box of Sudafed at the Walmart in Demopolis. Look into this travesty of justice WTOK and see the effect of the stupid prescription law we have in Mississippi. It isn't stopping the meth heads but it is ruining the lives of innocent people.
  • by Concerned for Safety on Nov 28, 2011 at 07:25 PM
    This is a real solution, to require prescriptions for Pseudoephedrine. It has made a substantial difference in Mississippi for the better. I support it.
  • by Bobby Location: Meridian on Nov 28, 2011 at 07:09 PM
    While I know that the governments INTENTIONS are good... but at what cost.... according the the Ms version of this #512 it is in direct violation of the law to posses one or more of the following items... Isopropel Alchol Iodine Hydrogen Peroxide Acetone (Fingernail Polish Remover) Lithium Batteries and these are just some... do any of you have these items in your house... then you are in direct violation of the law that went into affect last July... Oh... and by the way ... if you still have any meds that predate the July date... you are also illegally in possession of a controlled substance
  • by Truth Location: Meridian on Nov 28, 2011 at 06:21 PM
    This isn't about preventing the manufacture of meth, this is about the medical lobby upping it's income. MS was stupid enough to fall for it. I hope AL isn't.
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      by Chuckles on Nov 29, 2011 at 02:57 PM in reply to Truth
      Exactly, just another excuse for a doctors visit!!!
  • by tami Location: lauderdale on Nov 28, 2011 at 03:32 PM
    I honestly do not know how the general population gets caught up in this foolishness. For all of civiliztion, there are those who will break the law. Now, not only must we pay for the crimes either directly (victim), or as law abiding citizens who are having our rights taken away to 'try' to curb their activity. It is known that where there is a will, or market, these criminals will adapt and continue their livlihood. As someone who occasionally suffers seasonal allergies, why should I now incure the cost of a Dr. visit for OTC medications? When they come up with an illicit drug made from toothpaste or antiperspirant, what then? Where will it end?
  • by what? Location: meridian on Nov 28, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    takes corn to make moonshine do i need a permit for corn?lol why make us go to the doctor pay office fees for common illnesses cold, cough allerges,etc. thats like outlawing gasoline cause someone makes molotov cocktails the majority use products like there supposed to punish the masses to stop a few abusers gotta love the ingenius war on drugs
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      by Citizen of Meridian on Nov 28, 2011 at 02:37 PM in reply to what?
      AMEN to that one how about we outlaw cars two 'cause someone might speed in them!
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        by Avera on Nov 28, 2011 at 07:22 PM in reply to Citizen of Meridian
        I was reading House Bill 512 2010 in regards to pseudoephedrine and other precusor items and it concerns me greatly... Once you read through the document, Page 9 list precurors for which you can be arrested for also: Not only pseudoephedrine but you can now be arrested for Isopropyl Alcohol ( Typical rubbing alcohol), Hydrogen peroxide, Potassium vitamins, Acetone, pseudoephedrine, denatured alcohol (ethanol), Lithium batteries (Cell Phone Batteries) Muratic Acid (PH Stabilizer for swimming pools) and many items commonly found in your home. I talked to Lt. Eddie Hawkins of the drug task force DEA office in Jackson, he said that everyone was informed of this law. Every Doctor and Pharmacist I have spoken to is not aware of any of the details. He also said that if a Mississippian were traveling out of state and returned with pseudoephedrine tablets in any quantity they would be arrested for trafficing a controlled substance and charged with a felony. Don't you think the war on drugs has went beyond the limits? Common law abiding citizens will now be felon's. Lt. Eddie Hawkins also said everyone was told they were to dispose of all pseudoephedrine tablets or they would be charged with a unlawful use of a controlled substance without a prescription. I spoke to Senator Videt Carmicheal, House of Representative Greg Snowden and Congressman Greg Harper and none of these gentlemen were aware of these details. House bill 512 must be amended people are all ready in jail and more are being arrested. This must be corrected. I personally know someone currently in jail for purchasing one box of Sudafed in Alabama for $8.98. Not only in jail but convicted of a felony for buying it. As a citizen of Mississippi why are new and amended laws not printed and distributed to local news media for distribution. Other wise how are we to be informed? Please let me know your comments and suggestions
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