Mn. Leaders Unveil Anti-Methamphetamine Plan


A bipartisan group of Minnesota leaders is pushing for a plan to fight methamphetamine, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. “I don’t see this as a partisan issue,” said Attorney General Mike Hatch, a Democrat. “We’re dealing with a crisis.”

The proposal would limit the sale of over-the-counter cold pills. Minnesotans could buy up to 9 grams in 30 days (three to 12 boxes) and require retailers to put pills behind counters. Meth makers need cold pills or similar sources of pseudoephedrine or ephedrine to produce the drug. Policymakers also would require locks on tanks of anhydrous ammonia, another necessary meth ingredient; investigate whether the state can sue distributors of bulk pseudoephedrine, and request an audit of meth addiction treatment programs to explore what works. The measures are sweeping and potentially costly. “Methamphetamine is taking over the state of Minnesota,” said Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher. “It is far more dangerous than any other drug.”


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