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Resource Information for other States and Nations:
Returning Pseudoephedrine (PSE) to a Prescription Drug

stop meth making meds

1. RECENT NEWS, EDITORIALS, OP EDS, AND REPORTS 
(external links in blue; pdf documents in purple)

Must read: Merchants of Meth Mother Jones

A. 2014
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2/19 WV: Meth lab claims drain crime victims fund Logan Banner
2/19 WV: Prescription-only bill cost study disputed Charleston Gazette
       
2/19 WV/OR: A response to the latest industry “study” (pdf) (210kb)
2/18 WV: Senate Oks anti-meth prescription requirement Charleston Gazette
2/12 WV: Cold medicine meth lab bill advances to Senate Charleston Gazette
2/9 WV: Wood County 2nd in WV meth lab seizures News and Sentinel
2/8 TN: Police Chief fights to make PSE a prescription drug Daily News Journal
2/8 KY: Warren County may see increase in meth labs Bowling Green Daily News
2/8 IN Op Ed: Meth kids, wounded cops, and feral cats Journal Review
2/5 WV: Meth lab mess spreads to more WV counties Charleston Gazette
2/3 WV: Part 2: Drug Industry’s ‘Solution to Meth Labs The Investigative Fund
2/2 WV: Decision Makers WOWKTV
2/2 WV Op Ed: Voice of the people: Prescription only for PSE Herald-Dispatch
2/2 IN: Meth labs soaring at alarming rate Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
1/31 WV: Part 1: Meth Bill Battle Heats Up The Investigative Fund
1/29 IN Op Ed: Statehouse hearing on meth disappoints KPC News
1/27 WV Op Ed: PSE’s benefits are not worth its harms Charleston Daily Mail
1/25 WV: WV meth lab busts rose 85 percent in 2013 Charleston Gazette
1/23 TN Editorial: Governor needs to strengthen proposal Daily News Journal
1/21 WV: Legislation touted as way to get rid of meth labs Charleston Daily Mail
1/19 TN Op Ed: Governor halfway right The Chattanoogan
1/17 WV Op Ed: MD/RPh: Make PSE a prescription drug The Journal
1/10 TN: PSE tracking law doing little to curb meth labs Tennessean
1/8 WV: Governor mum on PSE legislation Charleston Gazette
1/7 US/TN: How to push phony poll numbers Washington Monthly
B. 2013
12/30 US: Acura secures $10M financing for meth lab resistant PSE Benzinga
12/30 MO: Meth lab busts down in counties with PSE ordinance KPLR
12/30 TN: Chief won’t enforce PSE ordinance Tulsa World
12/30 OR:  Updated OR meth lab incident stats (Jan 2003 to Dec 2013) (pdf) (81kb)
12/28 OK: Meth-resistant PSE among FDA’s 2013 approvals Tulsa World
12/25 TN: Poll adds impetus for prescription PSE Lebanon Democrat
12/23 TN Editorial: PSE ruling lands issue in legislature’s lap Elk Valley Times
WV: “Meth Menace” series from the Gazette-Mail:
     12/14: Part I: From meds to meth
     12/14: Stories from meth’s front lines
     12/15: Part II: Costly cleanup
     12/15: Lab shuts down storage units
     12/21: DEA eyes Rite Aid stores
12/20 TN: Prescription PSE ordinances working Herald Chronicle
12/19 MO Op Ed: Real data show Rx laws are working News-Leader
12/17 TN Editorial: State to Small Town TN: ‘Make more meth’? Oak Ridger
12/15 WV: Drug cost estimate raises eyebrows Gazette-Mail
12/15 TN: Poll may change Senate Speaker’s mind Times Free Press
12/12 TN: Poll shows public support for prescription PSE Times Free Press
     NOTE: Compare this with the industry push poll:  TN poll by the industry
12/10 TN: AG says PSE ordinances preempted by TN law The Tennessean
12/3 MO Op Ed: Adair Sheriff calls for prescription PSE Kirksville Daily Express
11/22 NC: Massive meth site located and cleared Watauga Democrat
11/15 MO: Narcs versus Big Pharma Counterpunch
11/15 NC: New push for prescription PSE WSOC
11/14 TN: How to curb PSE smurfing The Tennessean
11/11 WV Editorial: Progress: Meth lab cure? Charleston Gazette
11/9 WV: Meth? Meds To Go says No Charleston Gazette
11/6 WV: Governor’s Task Force backs prescription PSE Charleston Gazette
11/6 US: Breaking Good: How to wipe out meth labs SCOPE
11/6 MO: Springfield Police Chief gives report on meth labs News-Leader
11/5 WV: PSE sales plunge as Southridge Wal Mart Charleston Gazette
11/3 WV: Rite Aid stops selling most PSE products Charleston Gazette
10/21 OH: Ohio sees 45 percent jump in meth lab incidents The Plain Dealer
10/18 US: Big Pharma won’t embrace new PSE technology Investigative Fund
10/16 US: New PSE recipe promises to foil meth cooks Investigative Fund
10/12 TN: Residents lobby to require Rx for PSE News Channel 5
10/11 MS: Meth lab busts in Mississippi dwindle Clarion-Ledger
10/9 WV: Walmarts top list for retail sales of PSE Charleston Gazette
10/8 WV: States show fix to meth lab problem Charleston Gazette
10/7 US: The methiest states in the US Huffington Post
10/2 WV Op Ed: Curtail dope material Charleston Gazette
9/26 US: Big Pharma and meth cooks agree: Keep PSE OTC NPR Fresh Air
9/25 WV: Experts suggest prescription for meth lab problem Charleston Gazette
9/19 WV: Kanawha County officials seek meth solution Charleston Daily Mail
9/18 WV: Drug expert: NPLEx won’t stop meth usage, labs Charleston Gazette
9/18 WV: PSE sales spike at Walmart in South Charleston Charleston Gazette
9/15 IN: Homes left wrecked by meth labs The Journal-Gazette
9/14 WV: Senator to introduce PSE prescription legislation The Inter-Mountain
9/13 MO Op Ed: Physician supports PSE by prescription News-Leader
9/11 WV: PSE tracking system under fire Charleston Gazette
9/6 WV: West Virginia takes on Big Pharma Huffington Post
9/4 WV: Task Force promises ‘open mind’ Charleston Gazette
9/3 TN Op Ed: Physician supports PSE by prescription Elk Valley Times
9/2 WV Op Ed: Law and order for Big Pharma Charleston Gazette
8/29 MO: Apartment meth lab catches fire day after council
                          tables anti-meth bill Springfield News-Leader
8/28 TN Op Ed: PSE ordinance is about protecting our kids Elk Valley Times
8/28 WV: Lewisburg wants statewide prescription PSE law Charleston Gazette
8/22 OH: Meth’s scourge takes off in Ohio Cleveland Plain Dealer
8/16 OR/KY: Comparing OR and KY meth lab incident trends (pdf) (19kb)
8/13 US: Keeping Meth Alive Huffington Post Live
8/9 WV: Lawmaker wants PSE as prescription drug Bluefield Daily Telegraph
8/7 WV Editorial: Failure?: Meth lab crisis Charleston Gazette
8/7 WV: Lawmakers question PSE tracking system Charleston Daily Mail
8/6 WV: Meth lab seizures on pace to double last year’s total Charleston Gazette
8/6 WV: State Rep to reintroduce PSE prescription bill Register-Herald
8/1 WV Editorial: Tracking of PSE may not be enough Herald-Dispatch
Jul/Aug US: Merchants of Meth Mother Jones
7/30 MO: AG: Inaction on prescription PSE is boosting meth trade KSMU
7/29 MO: Sheriffs cheer AG call for statewide prescription PSE News-Leader
7/27 WV: Cold pill sales linked to meth lab rise Gazette-Mail
7/24 US: Children are the silent and small victims of skyrocketing
                         number of small home meth labs New York Daily News
7/20 TN Op Ed: Time to outsmart the meth mice Knoxville News Sentinel
7/20 SC: Meth lab menace grows across South The Post and Courier
7/19 - 7/20 TN: Series on meth in Nashville from WZVTZ Fox 17
     Meth in Music City, Part 1
     Meth in Music City, Part 2
6/24 - 6/27 MI: Series on meth in SW Michigan from the Kalamazoo Gazette
     Meth’s grip remains tight, despite 2012 law intended to choke it off
     St Joseph and Kalamazoo Counties lead MI in sales of PSE
     Near death experience rescues man from meth’s grip
     Hospital costs climb for meth-burned patients
     Kalamazoo trauma surgeon studies burns
     Electronic tracking PSE law creates new class of criminal
     Solutions to meth lab problem seen in prescription PSE
     Former addict’s struggle with relapse shows challenges
     Area professionals weigh in on meth problem
     Op Ed Series shows ongoing meth problem
6/27 TN: PSE ordinances in two more towns Winchester Herald Chronicle
6/27 TN: Stopping the effects of meth in Grundy County Grundy Herald
6/26 WV: Electronic PSE tracking system not working Charleston Gazette
6/25 TN: Jail costs skyrocket due to meth Tullahoma News
6/19 MO Op Ed: Doctors’ orders will save millions Springfield News-Leader
6/19 MO: Local initiative picking up steam in other cities The Missourian
6/17 TN: Franklin County makes PSE prescription drug Winchester Herald Chronicle
6/13 SC: Cost of meth labs goes beyond money; children are victims WIS 10
5/20 SC: Eyeing Oregon for solution to meth lab ‘explosion’ The State
5/20 MI: Allegan County targets meth ingredient WZZM 13
5/11 WV: Meth lab bust double in West Virginia Gazette-Mail
4/30 MO: Meth labs moving to St Louis FOX 2 St Louis
4/19 US: Nation grapples with rise in meth labs New York Daily News
4/8 OR/WA: A comment on EPIC meth lab incident numbers (pdf) (52kb)
4/1 SC Op Ed: Law needed to help end meth production Greenville News
Feb US: GAO report on State approaches to meth lab control
     Summary from GAO
     Full report from GAO (pdf) (7mb)
     Prescription-only PSE working OH&S
     Meth lab incidents down in states that banned OTC PSE Fierce HS
       (and no major drawbacks for consumers and healthcare providers)
     AANMA supports prescription-only PSE:   AANMA   CNBC
2/13 OK: Meth lab found in golf course porta potty Yahoo Sports
2/10 SC: Cases soar as meth cooks get trickier The State
1/20 KY: Lobbyists spend record amount in Kentucky Courier-Journal
1/12 IN: Senator to reintroduce prescription PSE bill My Wabash Valley
C. 2012 and older

2. OTHER INFO, REPORTS, POSITION PAPERS, AND TESTIMONY

Congressional hearing on returning PSE to a prescription drug (July 24, 2012)
Position paper: NMPI Advisory Board (pdf) (218kb)
Position paper: Allergy & Asthma Network - Mothers of Asthmatics (pdf) (32kb)
Product sheet: The remaining 15 PSE products (pdf) (739kb)
Estimate: Rate of retail PSE diversion (pdf) (15kb)
The President's 2010 National Drug Control Strategy:
    
Pages 70-71, relating to PSE control (pdf)
Report: State Law Enforcement Division of Meth Lab Study Committee:
    
Report to the South Carolina legislature (pdf) (166kb)
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)
Information from the OADEC President:
    
Op Ed: How to Kill the Meth Monster The New York Times
     Updated FRONTLINE "The Meth Epidemic" PBS (premiered May 17, 2011)
      A comment on EPIC meth lab incident numbers (pdf) (52kb)
      PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter The Oregonian
     Brochure for 2011 NMPI conference (pdf) (388kb)
    
Meth Epidemic Solutions law review article, 82 N Dak L Rev 1195 (pdf)
    
Response to latest industry misinformation:
        
A response to the latest industry “study” (pdf) (210kb)
     
     • Op Ed: Pseudoephedrine: Big pharma study flawed The Oregonian
               • Reply to industry response (pdf) (113kb)
         
The truth about the Oregon experience (pdf) (113kb)
         
Response to industry PowerPoint (pdf) (2.9mb)
   
       Response to industry Talking Points (pdf) (60kb)
    
Reference Notebook for California legislature (OADEC web page)
     Reference Notebook for Indiana legislature (OADEC web page)
    
Testimony and PowerPoint for Missouri legislature (OADEC web page)
    
Testimony and PowerPoint for Nevada legislature (OADEC web page)

3. INFORMATION FROM STATES THAT HAVE ENACTED LEGISLATION
RETURNING PSEUDOEPHEDRINE TO A PRESCRIPTION DRUG

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Effective July 1, 2006 (passed House 55 to 4; passed Senate 25 to 5)
Fact sheet (pdf) (35kb)
 
    Oregon meth lab incident stats by month (chart) (Jan 2003 to June 2013) (pdf) (81kb)
    
Oregon meth lab incidents by county (map) (Jan 2010 to June 2012) (pdf)
    
Oregon drug abuse treatment admission (graph) (2000 to 2012) (pdf) (447kb)
Laws and admin rules (pdf) (21kb)

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Effective July 1, 2010
(passed House 105 to 15; passed Senate 45 to 4)
Fact sheet (pdf) (28kb)         
News Release: March 2, 2011 (pdf) (95kb) Supplemental Fact Sheet (pdf) 98kb)
News Release: January 4, 2011 (pdf) (49kb)

4. GRAPHS AND CARTOONS FROM THE MEDIA

Graphs - Comparing meth lab trends in Missouri, Kentucky, and Oregon:
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          From the News-Leader; click on the thumbnail image above to view the graphs

Graph - Pseudoephedrine purchased from Tulsa Oklahoma pharmacies:
         
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          From Tulsa World; click on the thumbnail image above to view the full graph

Graph - Attempted pseudoephedrine tablet purchases in Oklahoma:
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          From Tulsa World; click on the thumbnail image above to view the full graph

Graph - Indiana at a crossroads:
         
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          Click on the thumbnail image above to view the full graph

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

 

5. PERSONAL NOTE FROM THE OADEC PRESIDENT

March 2010

     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.

Rob Bovett
President
Oregon Alliance for Drug Endangered Children

 


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