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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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9/9 WV: Meth cooks dodge drug store restrictions West Virginia Gazette
8/16 TN: Meth tracking method misses mark locally Lebanon Democrat
7/22 KS: Pittsburg latest city to require Rx for PSE Joplin Globe
7/16 WV: Meth makers adjust to new PSE restrictions Charleston Gazette
7/16 WV: Police using NPLEx less Charleston Gazette
7/13 WV Editorial: Pharmacies take right step Herald-Dispatch
7/9 WV Editorial: No sale Register-Herald
7/7 WV: CVS stops sales of certain PSE products Charleston Gazette
7/1 OR: Prescription for PSE led to meth lab reduction Bend Bulletin
5/29 SC Editorial: State should make PSE a prescription drug WISTV
5/16 SC: Meth cooks can easily game PSE system WISTV
5/2 TN: Meth continues to be dangerous, costly nuisance in TN WRCB
4/4 IN Editorial: State Senator dead wrong on meth Times-Union
3/11 TN: Meth bills sidetracked in House subcommittee Herald Chronicle
3/11 WV: Increase in meth-contaminated sites predicted Charleston Gazette
3/10 WV: Missed deadline scuttled meth lab bill Charleston Gazette
3/8 WV: Meth lab bill dies in Legislature Charleston Gazette
3/8 TN Op Ed: Requiring prescription for PSE best plan Times News
3/7 WV: The retrograde politics of West Virginia Counter Punch
3/5 WV: Prescription advocates ‘disgusted’ with delegates Charleston Gazette
3/4 TN: Drug companies spend millions to stop prescription PSE Tennessean
3/4 TN: Cities go it alone in anti-meth crusade Tennessean
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 and older

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

2013 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
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)
      Comparing OR and KY meth lab incident trends (pdf) (19kb)
      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 Oct 2014) (pdf) (93kb)
    
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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