Meth Users Winning in Tennessee, Beating Curbs on Pseudoephedrine


The meth users are winning, Tennessee police say. The Tennessean reports that they have beaten new restrictions on how much pseudoephedrine – a main ingredient in methamphetamine – they're allowed to buy, despite a computer system designed to stop bulk sales. A bill in the legislature that would have made pseudoephedrine a prescription-only drug was killed yet again for another year. Funding to clean up meth labs is set to run out at the end of this year. “We're in trouble in Tennessee, absolutely,” said Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Long, a member of the Tennessee Public Safety Coalition, which has lobbied for stricter meth laws. “The figures now show that, according to the first three months of this year, Tennessee is No. 1 in the nation (for meth use),” Long said. A key defeat for law enforcement came in a legislative hearing last week when a bill to make pseudoephedrine prescription-only was killed. State Rep. Tony Shipley, chairman of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, said there was not enough support for the measure because the law could have made it more inconvenient for law-abiding citizens.

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