We all know about the methamphetamine problem in the United States. The illegal drug is very popular and it’s production continues despite restrictions in place on the sale of the common over the counter decongestant pseudoephedrine which is used in the production of methamphetamine.
The state of Oklahoma has done some addition legislative steps in an attempt to help curb the meth problem facing that state. In November of last year it passed some new laws that focused on restricting the sale of pseudoephedrine. But have those laws helped?
Oklahoma was the first state to impose restrictions on the sale of pseudoephedrine back in 2004. The number of meth labs in that state plummeted after those restrictions were put in place. But criminals still had the ability to buy pseudoephedrine with multiple forms of identification and circumvent some of the sale restrictions of the over the counter cold product.
That is when law makers decided that more needed to be done. According to Tulsa World, in November of 2009 Oklahoma passed new laws focusing on enhancing their pseodoephedrine sales database and preventing salesto known methamphetamine criminals.
The new laws that went into effect combined the state’s drivers license database with its Pseudoephedrine Tracking System and required sales of the decongestant to be tracked by the buyer’s date of birth. But that wasn’t the only thing the state did to fight meth production. They also outlawed the sale of pseudoephedrine to criminals with meth convictions at the pharmacy.
Oklahoma developed a Meth Offender Registry that tracked people in that state that have been convicted of methamphetamine related crimes. That registry was then tied into the Pseudoephedrine Tracking System at the pharmacies. Any offender on that registry is banned from being sold any pseudoephedrine products at the pharmacy counter.
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