Barbour Signs 'Meth Bill' into Law

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Gov. Haley Barbour has signed into law legislation that will require consumers to get a doctor's prescription to buy cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine, a decongestant and key ingredient in the illegal drug methamphetamine. The law goes into effect July 1.

Barbour said officials are serious about reducing meth use in the state. Last year, there were 981 meth arrests and nearly 600 meth labs were seized.

Mississippi becomes only the second state to have such a law. Legislators have said soon after Oregon passed a similar law in 2006 there was a decrease in meth arrests.

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  • by J Location: Meridian on Feb 16, 2010 at 07:52 PM
    Does anyone know how to WE can get this law taken off the books or canceled or whatever you call it? Wish they would have taught me this stuff in school.
  • by Tammy Location: Meridian on Feb 15, 2010 at 11:42 AM
    Well if it doesn't go into effect until July, I guess we can all stock up until then, as will the meth heads!! Idiots...And if they want it bad enough, they will go to AL or somewhere else close and get it and bring it right on back to MS so what difference does it make. They still aren't being stopped. It's pointless if you ask me.
  • by DaveRX Location: USA on Feb 12, 2010 at 12:18 PM
    This stuff used to be RX only. One script and you should get a good legal supply for all family members for 12 months for $4 or $10. This is the solution the Feds should have taken in the 2005 federal law; but made a mess of it instead. Your state is just ahead of the rest.
  • by BobT. Location: Clarke Co. MS on Feb 12, 2010 at 11:17 AM
    Hey Mike, if you are from TX I dont think you have a dog in the race, buddy!! Everyone knows the crap on the shelf which has been reformulated without the pseudophedrine is garbage. Your right about one thing though, apparently those making the decision on the bill have one or two meth-heads in their house and they want to punish the population of citizens instead of getting their "wasted" family members in line!!
  • by mike Location: texas on Feb 12, 2010 at 10:00 AM
    Stop complaining! There's plenty of other things that you can take for sinus trouble! Don't just think about the cookers...If this helps save the life of one of your children then it worked and it was a positive thing. Keeping records of purchases hasn't worked. Until there's a national network to check the purchases anyone can just ride around and go from store to store picking up the crap. It would be easier just to ban it altogether.
  • by Joey Location: Chunky on Feb 12, 2010 at 06:28 AM
    I will have to agree with everyone's comments so far. THIS IS JUSPLAIN STUPID!!! I thought the Gov. is suppose to be working for the people? Seems the the State Doctor's are on his help list now. Just think, $85.00 office visit, miss work for a whole day, stand in line to get your Rx filled. $6.00 for meds....PRICELESS!!!!. Some of these idots in Jackson need to be sent home for good and have to pay out the butt like the rest of us do for insurance and hospital stays.
  • by denise SMITH Location: USA on Feb 12, 2010 at 04:08 AM
    I have insurance and even I know that this is gonna cost my insurance more money for a doctor and then a pharmacy visit and for what? something that can be bought over the counter!! Why punish the uninsured, underinsured and add undue pressure and cost on an already stressed system. What was wrong with the look at ID system? were people not looking at ID'? I know I couldnt buy more than 1 or 2 of them at a time when I purchased them so how is it that folks were still able to get it in large amounts? This is classic Barbour not giving a rats butt about the people of his state and only about his lobbyist friends and how they benefit. Its sickening how much this state rips its people off. Sure the medicaid folks have coverage, but what about the ones with no coverage? I have a daughter her job doesnt offer coverage, its one more way of making sure she never gets ahead because now a cold will mean she needs to have a hundred or more dollars to see doc/pharmacy, I am totally disgusted!
  • by No Worry Location: Newton on Feb 12, 2010 at 02:46 AM
    Leave it up to our representives to take more money out of pockets. How does it help me to go to the doctor spend 75.00 for the visit to get a prescription that will only cost 4.00. Plus time off of work. These people will get what they want by any means neccessary so why should I have to pay. I have worked on my job for 10 years with no insurance, going to clinic just to survive, NOW THIS. Barbour i'm 100% sure that you have the best health insurance, but did you think about people who don't? What next prescription for a headace.
  • by K might Location: Meridian on Feb 11, 2010 at 09:40 PM
    What is the reason they will just go to another state and stock up on it to keep doing what they doing dumb politicans.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2010 at 08:49 PM
    I guess I will be stocking up before the law goes into effect. This is just crazy. Have they not considered what this will do. Many people can continue to work with a sinus infection, just get some meds and go. NOW they will have to take time from work, pay to see a doctor and still go the pharmacy to get it. I am sure this will make for a productive work force when so many are taking off. Also-they say this will ease the burden on the pharmacists. How? They will still have to get the medicine for us. Isn't that what they are doing now?
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