As we’ve reported before, Oregon and Mississippi currently own the lowest figures in the nation for meth lab seizures. It wasn’t always that way though. Oregon had a serious meth problem; police seized 448 labs in 2004. In 2006, Oregon returned medicines containing pseudoephedrine to prescription-drug status. Since then, meth lab incidents have declined 98 percent to a low of nine labs seized in 2012. A similar story can be told for Mississippi.
Lawrence County isn’t even among the hardest-hit areas in terms of meth, but we see the toll the drug — easy to make and easier to hide — is taking on our community. Meth arrests are almost a daily occurrence, and those who are arrested for possessing drug are usually repeat offenders because meth maintains a death grip on its addicts.
We can’t help but question the motives behind some legislators’ refusal to act definitively on the meth issue. Pharmaceutical companies and the Indiana Retail Council have lobbied hard against the proposals that would make ephedrine- and pseudoephedrine-containing products available only with a prescription.
It’s disappointing that the General Assembly turned its back on a way that could severely cripple the meth epidemic in Indiana. It’s high time the state take a tough stance on the issue that ruins lives, affects children and clogs our justice system.
We cannot continue to ignore the issue gripping almost every county in the state. And, even though proposals died during this short legislative session, we hope proposals will take more of a precedent in the General Assembly next year because the issue is simply too dangerous to ignore any longer.
— Times-Mail, Bedford
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