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● 5/20 SC: Eyeing
Oregon for solution to meth lab explosion The State
INFORMATION, REPORTS, POSITION PAPERS, TESTIMONY
● Position paper: Allergy
& Asthma Network - Mothers of Asthmatics (pdf)
FROM STATES THAT HAVE ENACTED LEGISLATION
Oregon House Bill 2485 (pdf) (73kb)
Mississippi House Bill 512 (pdf) (115kb)
GRAPHS AND CARTOONS FROM THE MEDIA
PERSONAL NOTE FROM THE OADEC PRESIDENT
The other day I finished yet another presentation about meth and pseudoephedrine control, when a student asked me a simple question: What got me started - why so much passion about this issue? It was not the first time I've been asked that question. The answer is always the same, as it is for many of my colleagues: Lots of reasons, some family and personal, but number one is drug endangered children.
You see, in 1976, we let a Genie out of a bottle. We moved pseudoephedrine from a prescription drug to over-the-counter. Ever since, we've been putting band-aids on the situation, while meth labs blow up and catch fire, lives and families are destroyed, neighborhoods devastated, our environment poisoned and, most tragically, drug endangered children suffer, or worse. Yes, I realize it is a sacrifice to return pseudoephedrine to a prescription drug and put the Genie back in the bottle.
During my drive home from the presentation, I thought of how best to explain the passion that many of us feel about this issue. Then I remembered a poem written by a friend and colleague, Ron Mullins, a retired career law enforcement officer and the first National DEC Training Coordinator. Ron read the poem at the closing of the Inaugural National DEC Conference held in June of 2004. The poem was written in memory of Bobby, a severely neglected young boy who was found and removed from a meth lab home in New Mexico by Ron's team. Despite valiant efforts by hospital staff, Bobby died from severe neglect not long after being rescued. With Ron's permission, I posted the poem on this website many years ago when Oregon was still having around 500 meth lab incidents a year. I removed it when Oregon got rid of most of its meth labs.
However, I decided to repost it here, in order to help others understand why so many of us from around our nation are so passionate about this issue:
"Angels In Black" by Ron Mullins
By the way, the photos in the poem are from Colorado, where they became a well-recognized symbol of DEC in the Colorado media.
Illegitimi non carborundum !
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