Lt. Gov. Pushes New Anti-Meth Law

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

The way you buy cold medicine is about to change, thanks to a new anti-meth law passed by Kentucky's General Assembly.

A crowd of elected officials and law enforcement officers gathered in bowling Green today to promote the new law, which will only allow pharmacies to distribute products that contain pseudo-ephedrine and related medicines, key ingredients in making meth.

The pharmacies that do sell those drugs will be required to keep them behind the counter, and keep records of everyone who buys the medicine.

State leaders say the new laws may inconvenience some customers, but will cut meth supplies and save lives in the process.

"The reason we've done this is because we have to weigh, as we do with everything in law enforcment, the hassle for the citizen against the problem, and we've come to realize that the magnitude of the problem warrants this inconvenience to the customer," said Lt. Governor Steve Pence.

"We put the product behind the counter and we were glad to see there was a lot of change in the activity that we had here at nation's medicine, and we did it just to see, we felt like it was a good law, and i think it's turned out to be great," said Steve Sheldon, owner of Nation's Medicine where the press conference was held.

Warren County had the most meth lab seizures in the state last year, but a similar law in Oklahoma cut meth seizures in that state by half in its first year. Officials hope this new law could do the same here.

The law will take effect June 20th, and will also preclude non-pharmacies from selling pseudoephedrine-related drugs.

To find out more about the new law, go to:

http://www.odcp.ky.gov


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