Logan Co. Looks to Get Jump on New Meth Laws

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

Legislators statewide are beginning to look at a series of new bills designed to stiffen penalties for meth makers....and cut their supply lines.

Now Logan County's fiscal court is looking to leap ahead of the state in beginning those reforms.

The fiscal court is drawing up a proposed ordinance that would require logan county pharmacies to put sudafed and related cold medicines back behind the counter.....and customers would then have to show id and sign for any sudafed meds they buy.

Some retail groups have opposed such laws....saying it would make pharmacists jobs harder....and cut down on business.

But the Russellville Medicine Shoppe says it would be happy to help.

"We want to do all that we can to cut down on the problem. if there's anything that we can do about the meth utilization and use in the state of ky, we want to do that," said Randy Whitley, The Medicine Shoppe's owner.

Warren County's Drug Task Force director says a similar law in Oklahoma dramatically cut down the number of meth labs.

"Between July and January 1 they had an 80% reduction in meth labs. so this legislation is a no-brainer," said Tommy Loving.

The Logan Fiscal Court may look at the new law as early as their next meeting......the General Assembly will begin taking up the issue statewide later this month.

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