Local and state officials are working full force to control the methamphetamine problem in the Wiregrass area. The same can be said for states all over the country.
At least 20 states, including Alabama, are considering tight restrictions on access to over-the-counter cold medicines that contain pseudophedrine, meth's main ingredient.
Over the last ten years, local law enforcement has turned its main resources from the fight on crack, to the fight on meth. The battle to control the household drug has been a struggle over the years, but it could be getting some help. That’s because Alabama’s state legislature might pass a law making customers buy over-the-counter cold medicines through a pharmacist, and not at the cash register.
A similar law exists in Oklahoma, where you would have to give the pharmacist your information, and that info would go into a database that law enforcement has access to.
This way, if you start buying Sudafed in bulk for example, the police might come knocking on your door. Since Oklahoma adopted the law last Spring, their meth raids went down eighty percent.
The controlling of psuedophedrine, which is the key ingredient and necessary in the production of methamphetamine, would substantially reduce the number of meth labs, and drug users. This would create a domino effect on crime in general.
The state legislature goes back into session next month and this bill could be on the floor. Until then, the struggle continues.
A federal survey in 2003 found that half of recent meth users were under the age of eighteen.