(Oklahoma City-AP) - A bill passed Tuesday by a state House committee would make it tougher to buy pseudoephedrine.
The bill is aimed at curbing methamphetamine use in the state. Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant common in cold tablets, but it's also the main ingredient in methamphetamine. The bill would require customers to show photo ID and a signature before they could buy medicine containing pseudoephedrine.
It would also make the decongestant a regulated substance that could only be sold by a licensed pharmacist. And it would limit the amount of pseudoephedrine a person could have at one time to nine grams, or about 10 boxes.
The bill is being named after a highway patrol trooper killed while checking on a car believed to contain a mobile meth lab.
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Fast Facts About Meth
- Methamphetamine use among high school seniors more than doubled between 1990 and 1996.
- Women are more likely to use meth than cocaine.
- The average meth "cook" annually teaches ten others how to make meth.
- Every pound of meth produced leaves behind five to six pounds of toxic waste.
- Seizures of clandestine meth labs in the Midwest increased tenfold from 1995 to 1997.
- Methamphetamine accounts for up to 90 percent of all drug cases in many Midwest communities.
- Methamphetamine kills by causing heart failure, brain damage and stroke.
- Methamphetamine-induced paranoia has led to numerous murders and suicides.
- Methamphetamine produces hallucinations.
- Meth users are the hardest to treat of all drug users.
- Meth lab site cleanups can cost up to $150,000.
- Methamphetamine is highly addictive.
- Meth use increases risk of child abuse and neglect and domestic violence.
Many people may be unaware that they're living near a meth lab. Here are some things to look for:
- Unusual, strong odors (like cat urine, ether, ammonia, acetone or other chemicals).
- Residences with windows blacked out.
- Renters who pay their landlords in cash. (Most drug dealers trade exclusively in cash.)
- Lots of traffic - people coming and going at unusual times.
- There may be little traffic during the day, but at night the activity increases dramatically.
- Excessive trash including large amounts of items such as: antifreeze containers, lantern fuel cans, red chemically stained coffee filters, drain cleaner and duct tape.
- Unusual amounts of clear glass containers being brought into the home.
Presence of the following items could indicate the existence of a meth lab:
- Toluene/Paint Thinner
- Camp Stove Fuel/Coleman Fuel
- Starting Fluid
- Anhydrous Ammonia
- White Gasoline
- odine Crystals
- Red Phosphorous
- Black Iodine
- Lye (Red Devil Lye)
- Muriatic/Hydrochloric Acid
- Battery Acid/Sulfuric Acid
- Epsom Salts
- Sodium Metal
- Wooden Matches
- Propane Cylinders
- Hot Plates
- Ephedrine (over-the-counter)
- Cold Tablets
- Energy Boosters
- Rock Salt
- Diet Aids
Source: www.kci.org [Koch Crime Institute]