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08/02/05 - Nacogdoches

Meth Law

by Donna McCollum

Pharmacist Wes Wisener has a bit less shelf space for prescription medications. He's abiding by a new law that requires any products containing pseudoephedrine to be placed behind pharmacy counters.

Honest customers are also contending with some changes. "Sixteen years and under you can't purchase these products. If you're over 16 and you want to purchase the products you have to show us a photo ID. We maintain a log that shows what you've picked up and you can get no more than 2 items per individual," explained Wisener.

Customer Rebecca Recknor thinks the inconveniences are worth it if it slows down meth use. "Oh yeah, I think so with all the things going on about the meth and all that. I think so, yeah."

Meth law proponents look for it to reduce meth manufacturing by 50%. But there will always be people making it. Die hard manufacturers will take the risk and drive anywhere for their prime ingredient. Narcotics agent Kent Graham said, "By making the long road trips and stopping at all these places and buying two boxes at a time or whatever." And then others will go back to buying meth from an outside source. "We do have documentation of manufacturers of methamphitimine down in the country of Mexico and they do smuggle it across the border," said Graham.

More than 25 other states are considering similar laws. Law enforcement leaders are also pushing for a federal law targeting meth products. But until then it will be more difficult for the meth cooker wanting to use their own kitchen. Meth can't be made without pseudophedrine.

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