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NEWS, EDITORIALS, AND OP EDS
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A. News, Editorials, Op Eds and Reports from December 2011 through December 2012
12/17 NC: PSE may require prescription Wilkes Journal-Patriot
12/13 OR: Meth cleanup laws may leave many properties unchecked OPB
11/12 NC: North Carolina considers prescription for PSE Fox Carolina
11/12 NC: Battle against meth could mean prescription for PSE WRAL
      Committee report to North Carolina legislature (pdf) (8kb)
12/6 IN: Legislation in works to require prescription for PSE WBIW
12/5 MO/US: PSE that cannot be used in meth a 'game changer' News-Leader
11/20 AL: 'Smurfing' becoming a problem in Walker County Daily Mountain Eagle
11/19 OK/US: Fighting the meth epidemic in OK and across the US KJRH
11/19 TN: Tennessee sees little decrease in meth labs News Channel 5
11/18 IN: Drug task force still overwhelmed by meth Evansville Courier & Press
11/18 TN: Meth mayhem: home invasion Memphis Commercial Appeal
11/18 TN: Meth lab count shows no sign of shrinking Knoxville News Sentinel
11/18 FL: Locals turning to meth (and meth labs) Palm Beach Post
11/9 MO: Anti-meth PSE formula on sale this week East Missourian
11/1 US: Wyden, Roe seek USDOJ investigation into PSE tracking program
      Letter seeking USDOJ investigation (pdf) (2mb)
11/4 TN: Drug database draws fire Knoxville News Sentinel
10/23 OK/AR: Oklahoma PSE sales increase Four States
10/19 US: PSE contraindications Congressional Research Service (pdf) (262kb)
10/17 KY: UK study published in JAMA links OTC PSE sales and meth labs 
10/2 MO: Citizens getting out-of-state calls about PSE News-Leader
10/1 MO: 'Smurfers' circumvent PSE e-tracking law News-Leader
9/30 MO: Fighting to shut down meth labs News-Leader
9/5 TN: Legislator may change position on OTC PSE sales Tullahoma News
8/25 WA: Meth tracker stops 13,000 transactions in WA OPB
7/24 US: Congressional hearing on returning PSE to a prescription drug
      7/25 OR: Oregon's meth law praised as solution to national epidemic Oregonian
     7/26 OR Editorial: Follow Oregon's meth lead Register-Guard
      7/26 MS: Mississippi winning fight against meth labs Mississippi Public Broadcasting
     7/27 US: Ban OTC PSE, state officials say Fierce Homeland Security
      7/29 SC: Upstate combats meth epidemic Upstate
     8/5 SC Editorial: More stringent measures are needed to combat meth labs Upstate
7/19: Updated Oregon meth treatment admission trends (graph) (pdf) (40kb)
6/19 KY: Whitley County pharmacy requires Rx for PSE WYMT
6/19 MO: License office worker stole ID's to buy PSE St Louis Post-Dispatch
6/8 NC: Meth makers using new trick Go Blue Ridge
6/7 MO: Lawmaker still pushing for PSE law East Missourian
6/5 KY Editorial: Meth, money, and lobbying Lexington Herald-Leader
6/1 KY: Drug lobby spent record for legislative session Courier-Journal
5/31 KY: Money spent on lobbying breaks Kentucky record Herald-Leader
5/25 MO: Meth makers stream into St Louis County CBS St Louis
4/30 US:  NASCSA releases white paper on pseudoephedrine controls:
    
Executive Summary     Full report     Response from the OADEC President
4/27 MO: Part 2: Is meth moving into your neighborhood? Kirkwood Patch
4/25 OK: Anti-meth bill criticized as 'step backward' Business Week
4/25 MO: Part 1: Is meth moving into your neighborhood? Chesterfield Patch
4/15 AL Op Ed: By prescription, PSE would save kids Birmingham News
4/15 IN: Police say law makes job harder Pharos-Tribune
4/14 NY: Crude method for making meth: A 'hazardous coctail' Corning Leader
4/9 AL: Meth lab found in restroom at Boaz Walmart Gadsen Times
4/1 OK: Officers: Prescription plan best Muskogee Phoenix
4/1 OK: Meth labs swamp city Muskogee Phoenix
3/30 KY Editorial: Meth bill a big loser Bowling Green Daily News
3/30 MO: New drug formula may gunk up meth labs Springfield News-leader
3/30 MO: How best to control meth ingredients? Springfield News-leader
3/30 KY Editorial: Bills to fight meth, pill abuse weakened Lexington Herald-Leader
3/23 KY: Authorities say meth bill not strong enough Mt Sterling Advocate
3/21 Thailand: Sale of pseudoephedrine pills banned The Nation
3/20 IA: UIHC sees increase in meth-related burn patients Daily Iowan
3/19 SC: Meth: It's everywhere The Post & Courier
3/18 IN: Meth, children don't mix Evansville Courier & Press
3/15 KY: Group fighting bill spent nearly $200,000 on lobbying in Feb Courier-Journal
3/12 OK: Letter to OK legislators from KY narcotics officers (pdf) (802kb)
3/9 US: New drug formula can't be used to make meth East Missourian
3/9 WV: Product may aid against meth The Marietta Times
3/9 MO: Pulse - Solutions to the growing meth menace KPLR 11
3/5 OH: Fire chief blames fatal nursing  home fire on meth lab CNN
3/5 KS: Meth takes heavy toll on users Lawrence Journal-World
3/4 KY Editorial: Follow the money (again) Lexington Herald-Leader
3/4 KS: Losing the meth war Lawrence Journal-World
3/3 IN: Meth's danger grows Richmond Palladium-Item
3/2 KY: Modified meth bill heads to Senate Bowling Green Daily News
3/1 WV: Drug bill passes Senate Register-Herald
2/29 WV Op Ed: It's time to do more about meth West Virginia Record
2/29 OK: Bill giving pharmacists more say passes committee Tulsa World
2/27 NC: Meth lab busts soar in North Carolina News Observer
2/26 KY Editorial: Legislators, not lobbyists, need to decide BG Daily-News
2/26 IN: Allen now ranks as meth hot spot Herald-Leader
2/25 OR Op Ed: Pseudoephedrine: Big pharma study flawed The Oregonian
2/24 IN/KY: How Mississippi beat meth labs:  Part 1  Part 2 Tristate Eyewitness News
2/24 KY Editorial: Pass legislation to limit meth labs Herald-Leader
2/23 KY: Senator withdraws PSE bill Courier Journal
2/23 OK: Prosecutors outmanned in battle against meth AP
2/22 US: National meth lab busts up again in 2011 Washington Post
2/22 AL: Bill would require Rx for PSE Tuscaloosa News
2/22 OK: House committee rejects Rx PSE meth bill Tulsa World
2/21 WV: Senate panel defeats PSE amendment Charleston Gazette
2/21 WV Op Ed: Rx for PSE best way to reduce meth labs Charleston Gazette
2/21 KY Editorial: A meth ingredient Courier Journal
2/21 OK: DA's try to revive PSE bill KOCO
2/21 OK: District Attorneys push for prescription PSE Tulsa World
2/20 KY: Big pharma spent the most fighting PSE bill Courier-Journal
2/19 MO: PSE prescription restrictions working SE Missourian
2/17 KY: Cold Rx bill moves along Bowling Green Daily News
2/17 KY: Senate panel approves Rx for PSE pills Courier-Journal
2/16 MX: Meth in Mexico: A turning point in the drug war? Stratfor
2/15 WV: Panel takes up Rx drug legislation Register-Herald
2/14 WV: Tracking systems don't stop meth labs, says KY cop Charleston Gazette
2/11 IN: Meth labs lead to damaged, abandoned houses Courier & Press
2/10 MX: Meth bust captures 15 tons Spokesman-Review
2/9 TN: Concerns about newest meth fighting program SKY5
2/8 US: Shake-and-bake meth causes uptick in burn victims NPR
2/5 US: Meth ingredient tracking not helping police Post-Tribune (AP)
2/5 IN: Push for statewide crackdown on meth stalls Evansville Courier & Press
2/4 OK: Meth 'assembly line' found near daycare Tulsa World
2/3 MO: Local prescription laws have had effect on meth production SE Missourian
2/2 AL: Senator pushes to make PSE prescription drug WHNT
2/2 OK: Meth labs bust in Stillwater is largest in state history Daily O'Collegian
2/1 WV Editorial: The time is now Register-Herald
1/31 WV Op Ed: Scrips will stop meth labs Charleston Gazette
1/30 WV: PSE not the solution for some doctors Charleston Daily Mail
1/29 SC: Meth cooks find ways to beat tracking system Greenville News
1/29 WV Op Ed: Meth ingredient should require prescription Herald-Dispatch
1/29 KY Editorial: Meth craziness requires extraordinary measures Courier & Press
1/27 KY: Senator removes himself as chief sponsor of anti-meth bill Courier-Journal
1/27 WV: Bill aimed at curbing meth labs, not demand West Virginia Watchdog
1/25 MO: Latest meth bill not practical, says investigator East Missourian
1/24 WV: Meth bill backers, pharmaceutical industry do battle Charleston Daily Mail
1/23 WV Editorial: Meth causes senseless waste Charleston Gazette
1/23 US: Meth fills hospitals with burn patients LEX18
1/22 AL: State senator tries again with meth bill Times Daily
1/21 US: After decrease, meth again on upswing Evansville Courier & Press
1/21 US: Meth: Is drug unstoppable? Evansville Courier & Press
1/18 KY Editorial: Cold med prescription needed to fight meth Herald-Leader
1/17 WV: Legislation introduced in WV to return PSE to a prescription drug:
    
Press Release West Virginia State Senator Dan Foster
    
Prescription PSE bill named after late legislator The State Journal
    
PSE bill comes back to legislators Charleston Gazette
1/13 KY: Lawmakers begin debate on restricting PSE Courier-Journal
1/13 KY: Police urge lawmakers to require prescriptions for PSE Herald-Leader
1/13 KY: Pressure on to change law Bowling Green Daily News
1/13 MO: Officials renew push for statewide prescription law East Missourian
1/11 OK: Three face murder charge in meth lab fire that killed baby Tulsa World
1/11 IN: A new fight against meth Warrick News
1/9 MO: Attorney General wants ban on OTC sale of PSE MIssourinet
1/8 OK: Tulsa meth labs multiply in 2011, shattering record Tulsa World
12/29 KY: PSE bills may top legislature's crime agenda Courier-Journal
12/27 OK: Former meth users say new laws, more treatment needed Tulsa World
12/26 FL: Smurfing for extra income during hard times Tallahassee Examiner
12/23 AL: Trying to pay Walmart customers to buy PSE North Escambia
12/22 MO: Addictive meth is scourge of rural Missouri Reuters
12/22 IL: Pharmacist: PSE should be prescription only McLeansboro Times-Leader
12/20 AL Editorial: A barrier worth building The Gadsen Times
12/20 MO: State grapples with one of the USA's worst meth problems USA Today
12/17 WV: Legislators push for prescriptions for PSE The Republic
12/17 KY: Legislator files bill to make PSE prescription drug Richmond Register
12/14 KY: Legislators talk about PSE control cn/2
12/12 US: One-pot meth labs changing face of drug war Chicago Tribune
12/9 MO: Support for meth bill sought by Springfield police News-Leader
12/9 OK: Woman arrested after making meth inside Wal-Mart WHAS
12/8 KY: Law enforcement pushing bill to curb meth production WKYT
12/7 OK: How to solve the meth lab epidemic? Oregon may have the answer KJRH
12/5 IN: Meth cooks in fast-track mode Evansville Courier & Press
12/4 IN: 'One-pot' meth labs proliferating Evansville Courier & Press
12/4 US: Funds for meth lab cleanups restored Evansville Courier & Press

B. Older News, Editorials, Op Eds, and Reports

1. National

     Meth Lab Elimination Act
                                         
(OADEC web page)
    
Op Ed: How to Kill the Meth Monster
         
The New York Times
    
Letter: Curbing Meth Production
         
by United States Senator Ron Wyden
         
The New York Times

 


The asthma and allergy issue
The Allergy & Asthma Network, Mothers of Asthmatics, support returning pseudoephedrine to a prescription drug. To read their position paper,  click here (PDF) (32kb).  Other reading:
Letter: Stuart Stoloff, MD (PDF) (92kb)
Article: Pseudo-controversy or real?
    by Dr Paul Ehrlich, Asthma Allergies Children
 

      Updated FRONTLINE "The Meth Epidemic" PBS (premiered May 17, 2011)
     
Op Ed: Let's eliminate meth labs, not find more of them Drug Topics
     ● Op Ed: Surprise: Making Sudafed prescription-only is smart
                       (and pisses off greedy drug companies)
AlterNet
     News coverage:
           Mexico meth bust captures 15 tons Spokesman-Review
           Shake-and-bake meth causes uptick in burn victims NPR
         
Meth fills hospitals with burn patients LEX18
          After decrease, meth again on upswing Evansville Courier & Press
         
One-pot meth labs changing face of drug war Chicago Tribune
         
Meth labs in America's heartland ABC Nightline
        
  Micro meth labs run riot The Wall Street Journal
         
Deputy Drug Czar urges Kentucky to restrict pseudoephedrine The Republic
         
Cutbacks force retreat in war on meth Detroit Free Press (AP story)
          Cutbacks force retreat in war on meth Kansas City Star (AP story)
          How do you dismantle a meth lab? NPR
         
As meth labs expand range, funds to clean them dry up Miami Herald
         
Have drug cartels taken over meth market in Oregon? Seattle Weekly
         
States battling meth makers look to limit ingredients The New York Times
          Mississippi prescription-only law works in meth fight Reuters
          The deadly business of crystal meth 24/7 Wall Street
       
  Summer cold probably isn't a cold Hattiesburg American
           4 NY residents held in PA rolling meth lab case Wall Street Journal (AP)
         
Tracking of Cold Meds Hasn't Curbed Meth Boom CBS
         
Meth flourishes despite tracking laws Fox
     
     Meth labs make return to US The Wall Street Journal
   
      Should pseudoephedrine be a prescription drug? USA Today
         
With Cars as Meth Labs, Evidence Litters Roads The New York Times
         
Winning the War on Meth Labs ABC World News
         
Oregon's Simple Solution to the Meth Epidemic Newsweek
     ● Special series media reports:
    
    
Unnecessary Epidemic series by The Oregonian
    
     The Meth Epidemic by FRONTLINE PBS

2. News, Editorials, Op Eds, and Information from other states

     2011 House Bill 103 (PDF) (23kb)
Alabama
     ● Senator pushes to make PSE prescription drug WHNT
 
    ● State Senator Bedford tries again with meth bill Times Daily
    
Three charged with trying to pay Walmart customers to buy PSE North Escambia
    
Editorial: A barrier worth building The Gadsen Times
 
  
 ● Alabama legislators look at Mississippi success WKRG
 
    ● Meth gets more emphasis in Alabama Examiner
 
    ● Alabama legislators eye prescriptions to thwart meth making Birmingham News
     ● Some federal dollars restored for meth lab cleanup Birmingham News
 
    ● Editorial: Common sense about meth Cullman Times
 
    ● Judges, Sheriff take aim at meth epidemic Cullman Times
     ● Editorial: More needed in meth fight Decatur Daily
   
 ● Alabama drug bill passage in question Times Daily
    
Meth drug battle under way Times Daily
    
Pseudoephedrine prescription bill debate begins Birmingham Examiner
    
Bill to make pseudoephedrine prescription drug gaining support Cullman Times
    
Bill would make pseudoephedrine a controlled drug Times Daily
    
Committee approves bill to reclassify pseudoephedrine WAFF 48
     Op Ed: Make pseudoephedrine prescription drug Press-Register

     2011 House Bill 1444 (PDF) (79kb)
Arkansas
     ● Legislature passes pharmacist-only bill Businessweek
    
Editorial: Abrams' meth bill deserves consideration Winfield Daily Courier
    
Bill would make some cold medicines presription only Arkansas News

     2011 Senate Bill 315 (PDF) (175kb)
California
     ● Criminal groups exploit loopholes in limits on cold pills KPBS
     ● Sinus sufferers protest pseudoepehdrine e-tracking Consumer Affairs
     Superlabs defy Central Valley's struggle to end scourge The Modesto Bee
    
16,000 pills used for meth seized in Reedley KFSN
    
Attorney General testifies in support of Senate Bill 315 Lake County News
    
Op Ed: Thanks to meth makers, smurfing isn't child's play The Modesto Bee
     
Resurgence of home meth labs KTXL Sacramento
    
2011: SB 315 information (OADEC web page)
    
2009: SB 484 info and Reference Notebook for legislature (OADEC web page)

     2011:  Senate Bill 196 (PDF) (84kb)   SJM 11-003 (PDF) (16kb)
Colorado
     Senate panel rejects more limits on meds used in meth Denver Post
    
Police want to make pseudoephedrine prescription only Denver Channel
    
Letter: A prescription for reducing the meth scourge Denver Post


Georgia
    
Meth Monster Alive, Thriving in Georgia The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
     Small-scale meth labs popping up all over Athens Banner-Herald

     2011:  HB 35 (PDF) (80kb)  SB 40  (PDF) (236kb)
Hawaii
    Editorial: How to Kill the Meth Monster Maui News

     2011 House Bill 1030 (PDF) (104kb)
Indiana
     ● Meth ingredient tracking not helping police Post-Tribune (AP)
 
    ● Push for statewide crackdown on meth stalls Evansville Courier & Press
 
    ● Meth: Is drug unstoppable? Evansville Courier & Press
   
 ● A new fight against meth Warrick News
     
Indiana meth cooks in fast-track mode Evansville Courier & Press
      One-pot' meth labs proliferating in Indiana Evansville Courier & Press
      Funds for meth lab cleanups restored Evansville Courier & Press
     Prescription needed for cold meds ABC 57
     Officials urge support for pseudoephedrine legislation Evansville Courier & Press
     Governor signs e-tracking bill Courier-Journal
     
Op Ed: Nero fiddled Fort Wayne Daily News
    
Meth battle moving to city streets Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
    
Editorial: Wasting time in meth fight Terre Haute Tribune-Star
    
Editorial: Now we can't afford the meth problem Times-Union
    Editorial: Prescription-only PSE will help reign in meth labs The Tribune-Star
     
Op Ed: Schedule PSE now and end the meth scourge Dumb Hoosier
     
Letter: Require a prescription for this cold medicine NWI Times
     
Committee ignores cops, OK's e-tracking bill Tribune Star
     
Fight over electronic tracking bill The Herald Bulletin
     
E-tracking not stopping meth production (with "myth busting" sidebar) The Tribune-Star
    
Graph - Indiana at a crossroads:
         
  (PDF) (225kb)
          Click on the thumbnail image above to view the full graph
      2010: Reference Notebook for legislature (OADEC web page)

     2011 House Bill 2098 (PDF) (89kb)
Kansas
     ● Latest on Kansas city ordinances Wellington Daily News
    
Battle to stop meth production starts in Wellington McPherson Sentinel
    
Bill would require prescription for pseudoephedrine KWCH
 

    

     2011 Senate Bill 45
    
(PDF) (16kb)


Bethany Cox, left, Rebecca Dunmore and Guy Crubaugh, from Somerset Christian School,
came to a rally in the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda
on Thursday to support making pseudoephedrine
a prescription drug. (By Pam Spaulding,
The Courier-Journal) Feb. 3, 2011

Kentucky
    Updated meth lab stats (PDF) (11kb)
          Comparing OR and KY (PDF) (11kb)
     ● Report: Meth Manufacturing in Kentucky
         
Kentucky State Police (PDF) (233kb)
     Cartoon:
         

          From the Lexington Herald-Leader; click on
          the thumbnail image above to view the cartoon

     ● Editorial: Meth craziness requires extraordinary measures Evansville Courier & Press
     ● Senator Jensen removes himself as chief sponsor of anti-meth bill Courier-Journal
  
  ● Editorial: Cold med prescription needed to fight meth Lexington Herald-Leader
  
  ● Lawmakers begin debate on restricting PSE Courier-Journal
  
  ● Police urge lawmakers to require prescriptions for PSE Herald-Leader
   
 ● Pressure on to change state law Bowling Green Daily News
     ● PSE bills may top legislature's crime agenda Courier-Journal
   
  ● Legislator files bill to make pseudoephedrine prescription drug Richmond Register
    Kentucky legislators talk about pseudoephedrine control cn/2
 
    Law enforcement agencies pushing bill to curb meth production WKYT
 
    Kentucky doctors join fight to make pseudoephedrine prescription drug AAFP
     ● Meth dumpsite found - hundred of pounds of waste Bowling Green Daily News
 
   Editorial: Kids finding meth lab shows need for action Bowling Green Daily News
    Children find meth lab Bowling Green Daily News
 
   Meth lab found in purse Bowling Green Daily News
     ● Drug companies urge no prescription for pseudoephedrine Kentucky Post
 
    Lawmaker: State needs better control of pseudoepehdrine Richmond Register
 
   
Trial delayed for 4 charged with death of toddler Lexington Herald-Leader
    Officials discuss scheduling pseudoephedrine WKYT
 
   
Toxic meth lab waste found in cave Bowling Green Daily News
 
   
Meth makers evading pseudoephedrine tracking The Times-Tribune
 
   
Editorial: Meth dump in river shows need for action Bowling Green Daily News
    Dumping meth labs Bowling Green Daily News
 
   
So much meth: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  ABC 36
     ● Federal money to clean up meth labs is gone Lexington Herald-Leader
 
   
Meth case against four Bowling Green Daily News
 
    
Meth threat worsening Bowling Green Daily News
 
    Editorial: Follow doctors' advice on fighting meth Lexington Herald-Leader
 
    
Editorial: Prescriptions needed Bowling Green Daily News
 
    
Op Ed: Will We Save the Kaydens? by Congressman Hal Rogers
    
Op Ed: If bills die, so do more Kentuckians Lexington Herald-Leader
    Op Ed: MethCheck does not stop 'smurfing' Times-Tribune
    
Op Ed: Some meth dealers wear suits by Ralph Long
    
Pseudoephedrine: A Moral Crisis in Kentucky by William Thornbury, M.D.
         
(PDF) (703kb) Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP) JOURNAL
         
To view the entire JOURNAL edition in which this article appears, click here
(PDF) (3mb)
   
 ● Industry dominates Kentucky spending on lobbying:
         
As reported by WFPL     As reported by the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer
   
 ● Information from the Kentucky Narcotics Officers Association

     2011 House Bill 4662 (PDF) (38kb)
Michigan
     ● Pseudoephedrine prescription bill introduced WLKM
     
Op Ed: Evidence backs making pseudoephedrine prescription-only
          to curb meth lab epidemic
Kalamazoo Gazette
     
Is prescription only pseudoephedrine the answer? Kalamazoo Gazette
     
Sen Proos to introduce pseudoephedrine e-tracking bill Kalamazoo Gazette
     
Rep Lori to introduce pseudoephedrine prescription bill Kalamazoo Gazette
     
Flight nurse joins fight against meth WMU News
     
End of federal funding for meth lab cleanups Kalamazoo Gazette

     2011 House Bill 658 (PDF) (71kb)
Missouri
     ● Local prescription laws have had effect on meth production Southeast Missourian
  
  ● Latest meth bill not practical, says investigator East Missourian
   
 ● Attorney General wants ban on OTC sale of PSE MIssourinet
    
Addictive meth is scourge of rural Missouri Reuters
 
    
Missouri grapples with one of the USA's worst meth problems USA Today
  
  ● Support for meth bill sought by Springfield police News-Leader
     ● Teens lobby lawmakers Liberty Tribune
     ● County commission says ordinance stands up for cops, kids East Missourian
     ● Pseudoephedrine: main ingredient in meth Lincoln County Journal
     ● AG boosts anti-meth measure The Joplin Globe
     ● AG calls on sheriffs to continue work on meth laws Waynesville Daily Guide
     ● St Charles County requires prescription for pseudoephedrine St Louis Post-Dispatch
     ● The Pseudo Wars (Missouri) CBS 12
  
  ● Pseudoephedrine prescription bill dies in Senate committee Southeast Missourian
  
  ● Pseudoephedrine by prescription-only passes Missouri House CBS St Louis
     
House backs prescription bill to combat meth Stamford Advocate
     Editorial: Why the stall? Joplin Globe
     
Op Ed: The truth about pseudoephedrine St Louis Post-Dispatch
     
City renews pseudoephedrine prescription ordinance SE Missourian
     
Editorial: Statewide solution The Joplin Globe
     
Op Ed: Support efforts to curb meth manufacture The Joplin Globe
     
Ads target bill on cold medicine prescriptions Forbes
     
Law officers want prescription for pseudoephedrine St Louis Post-Dispatch
     
Meth lab seizures increase 53 percent in four years Carthage Press
     
Missouri meth lab fact sheet (PDF) (623kb)
     
 Map: Prescription-only pseudoephedrine pharmacies (1/4/11) (PDF) (289kb)
    
Missouri municipal efforts and ordinances (31 so far) (OADEC web page)
     
2011: Testimony and PowerPoint for legislature (OADEC web page)
     
Graphs - Comparing meth lab trends in Missouri, Kentucky, and Oregon:
         
          From the News-Leader; click on the thumbnail image above to view the graphs

     2011 Senate Bill 203 (PDF) (85kb)
Nevada
     ● Sheriff disappointed about outcome of meth bill Reno Gazette-Journal
     ● Meth in Las Vegas Nevada Public Radio
   
 ● Op Ed: How much would you pay to get rid of meth problem? Nevada Appeal
    
Op Ed: Nevada must put meth genie back in bottle
         
by Nevada State Senator Sheila Leslie Reno Gazette-Journal
    
Bill dies in Senate Las Vegas Sun
    
DA wants to make pseudoephedrine prescription drug Nevada Appeal
     Letter:  Nevada District Attorneys Association (PDF) (91kb)
     
2011: Testimony and PowerPoint for legislature (OADEC web page)

     2011 substitute House Bill 12 (PDF) (58kb)
North Carolina
     ● Legislature considers pseudoephedrine prescription bill Charlotte Observer
    
As meth labs grow, children are at risk Charlotte Observer
    
Portable recipe means more meth lab busts Charlotte Observer (AP)

     2011 House Bill 1235 (PDF) (40kb)
Oklahoma
     Graph - Attempted pseudoephedrine tablet purchases in Oklahoma:
         
          From Tulsa World; click on the thumbnail image above to view the full graph
     Graph - Pseudoephedrine purchased from Tulsa pharmacies:
         

          From Tulsa World; click on the thumbnail image above to view the full graph
     ● Meth labs bust in Stillwater is largest in Oklahoma history Daily O'Collegian
     ● Three face murder charge in meth lab fire that killed baby Tulsa World
     ● Tulsa meth labs multiply in 2011, shattering record Tulsa World
     Former meth users say new laws, more treatment needed Tulsa World
     ● Woman arrested after making meth inside Wal-Mart WHAS
     ● How to solve the meth lab epidemic? Oregon may have the answer KJRH
     ● Special report on meth in Tulsa and Oklahoma KJRH
     ● Baby's death spurs dad to take on OK legislature Fox 23
     ● Man blames lawmakers in toddlers death Tulsa World
     ● Father of baby killed in meth fire speaks out Fox 23
     ● Three charged in meth case that led to toddlers death Tulsa World 
     ● Pharmacy sting yields 305 arrests, 10 seized meth labs Tulsa World 
     ● Police, drug lobby clash over Oklahoma meth bill Fox Carolina 
     ● Safeguarding pseudoephedrine from shady buyers difficult task Tulsa World     
     ● Legislator disputes those supporting pseudoephedrine tracking Tulsa World         
     ● Pseudoephedrine statistics stir up debate Tulsa World         
     ●  Editorial: Halting meth sales means tough action Times Record
     ● Legislature hears push to require pseudoephedrine prescription Tulsa World
     ● Disturbing trend: Number of meth labs climbing Enid News
     ● Tulsa could set record number of meth labs Fox 23
     ● Cities await next move on meth Tulsa World
     ● Tulsa could see 400 meth labs in 2011 KJRH
     ● City of McAlester keeping pseudoephedrine ordinance McAlester News-Capital
     ● State medical association backs pseudoephedrine legislation The Oklahoman
     ● Some police chiefs not pleased with AG opinion KJRH
     ● AG opinion: Towns can't regulate sale of pseudoephedrine Tulsa World
          Oklahoma Attorney General Opinion (PDF) (451kb)
  
  ● Meth lab seizures significantly higher in 2011 Muskogee Phoenix
     ● House bill gains statewide support Tulsa World
     ● Towns are going it alone on restricting pseudoephedrine Tulsa World
     ● State panel looks at restricting pseudoephedrine Tulsa World
     ● Alternatives to cold and allergy medicines Fox 23 (Oklahoma)
     ● Pharmacy owners go prescription-only for pseudoephedrine Tulsa World
     ● Oregon a test case for pseudoephedrine law Tulsa World
     ● Drug haven: Pseudoephedrine sales highest in Tulsa area Tulsa World
     ● Drug-endangered kids focus of Oklahoma conference Edmond Sun
    
Another city ordinance in Oklahoma Fox 23
   
 ● City ordinance in Oklahoma Broken Arrow Ledger
   
  ● Citizen goes town to town Tulsa World
     ● Prescription to fight meth Tulsa World
     One-pot method means meth labs may be anywhere Tulsa World
     Meth epidemic continues unabated Tulsa World
     Pseudoephedrine bill moves forward in legislature The Oklahoman
     Tulsa becoming nation's meth capital News 9
     
House committee passes pseudoephedrine bill 13 to 4 The Republic


South Carolina
     ● Report of the State Law Enforcement Division of the Meth Lab Study Committee:
         
Report to the legislature (pdf) (166kb)
  
  ● Meth cooks find ways to beat tracking system Greenville News
    
Baby found in house with Rock Hill meth lab The Herald
   
 ● Op Ed: Make PSE prescription only The State

     2011:  House Bill 181   House Bill 288   Senate Bill 332  (all PDF) (41kb)
Tennessee
     ● Concerns about newest meth fighting program SKY5
    
● Mobile meth lab explodes in hospital parking lot WSMV
    Victims of meth lab blasts fill burn unit The Tennessean
   
 ● Cold medicine remains challenge in meth war The Tennessean
     Editorial: Don't mess with meth; stop it now The Paris Post-Intelligencer
    
Kentucky meth police say database is no silver bullet Nashville Public Radio
    
Op Ed: Meth is a scourge Cookeville Times
     
Meth lab cleanups costly for law enforcement Knoxville News-Sentinel
      Meth cleanup debate Cleveland Daily Banner
      Cracking down on meth is long term goal The Gazette
     Tennessee overtakes Missouri in meth lab incidents The Tennessean
     
Law groups: Add drug to Rx list Knoxville News-Sentinel
 
     Authorities united in war on meth The Gazette

     2011 Senate Bill 878 (PDF) (53kb)
Virginia
 
    Lawmakers ask for prescriptions for pseudoephedrine Virginia Statehouse News
     
Meth labs on the rise Virginian-Pilot

     2011:  House Bill 2946   Senate Bill 440  (both PDF) (12kb)
West Virginia
     ● Editorial: The time is now Register-Herald
 
    ● Op Ed: Scrips will stop meth labs Charleston Gazette
 
   ● PSE not the solution for some doctors Charleston Daily Mail
 
   ● Op Ed: Meth ingredient should require prescription Herald-Dispatch
     ● Anti-meth egislation aimed at curbing meth labs, not demand West Virginia Watchdog
  
  ● Meth bill backers, pharmaceutical industry do battle Charleston Daily Mail
  
  ● Editorial: Meth causes senseless waste Charleston Gazette
 
   ● 2012 legislation introduced to return pseudoephedrine to a prescription drug:
         
Press Release West Virginia State Senator Dan Foster
         
Prescription PSE bill named after late legislator The State Journal
         
PSE bill comes back to legislators Charleston Gazette
    West Virginia legislators push for prescriptions for pseudoephedrine The Republic
     ● West Virginia Delegate Anziger prepared to revive drug bill News and Sentinel
     ● Oregon law leads to meth lab decrease Register-Herald
     ● Former policy adviser would back drug bill Register-Herald
     ● Pseudoephedrine bill working in Mississippi Register-Herald
     ● Senator wants another crack at pseudoephedrine bill Register-Herald
     ● Op Ed: Prescription pseudoephedrine could reduce meth labs Charleston Gazette
     ● Editorial:  Legislature bungles session Charleston Gazette
     
Senate rejects bill to curb meth ingredients West Virginia Public Broadcasting
     
West Virginia House passes PSE bill 77 to 23 Bluefield Daily Telegraph 
    
Editorial:  Meth: Wipe it out Charleston Gazette
    
Op Ed: Control sale of cold meth, and you control meth Charleston Gazette
     Op Ed: Bill to shut down meth labs must pass The Daily Athenaeum


Wisconsin
    How criminals evade a Wisconsin drug law WISN
 


C. OTHER NATIONS

     Mexico has banned pseudoephedrine entirely
Mexico
Mexico initially followed Oregon's lead and made pseudoephedrine a prescription drug.  But then Mexico went one step further and completely banned pseudoephedrine.  Five other Latin American nations have followed Mexico's lead.  This led to reduced potency of meth produced in Mexico.  However, due to the continuing failure of the United States to adequately control pseudoephedrine, the United States has experienced a resurgence of both small user meths labs and the large-scale production of California "super labs" run by drug trafficking organizations.  This resurgence is all fueled by "smurfing," the direct results of the continuing failure of the United States to adequately control pseudoephedrine.  For more information, see the NDIC Situation Report (PDF) (561kb), the Position Paper of the NMPI Advisory Board (PDF) (216kb), the Unnecessary Epidemic series by The Oregonian, The Meth Epidemic by FRONTLINE (PBS), Meth Epidemic Solutions 82 N Dak L Rev 1195 (PDF) (454kb), and PowerPoint presentation (PDF) (1.7mb).

     New Zealand has made pseudoephedrine a prescription drug
New Zealand
New Zealand followed Oregon's lead and moved pseudoephedrine to a prescription drug, and specifically rejected the industry offer to pay for an electronic monitoring system:
    
Media Statement (PDF) (38k)
    
Action Plan Summary (PDF) (100k)
     Pharmacists welcome drug law changes Auckland Now

     Australia is considering making pseudoephedrine a prescription drug
Australia
     Crackdown on illegal drug labs Perth Sunday Times
    
Push to make pseudoephedrine prescription-only The West Australian
    
Op Ed by the West Australia Police Commissioner The West Australian
    
Push to make pseudoephedrine script only to reduce clan labs Perth Sunday Times
   
 ● Police Commissioner wants pseudoepehdrine products prescription only ABC News

     Vietnam has banned the importation of pseudoephedrine
Vietnam
     Vietnam halts importation of pseudoephedrine Thanh Nien News

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