Proposed laws would restrict access to meth’s main component

A series of bills intended to combat the manufacture and use of methamphetamine - by restricting access to its main component - has been approved by the Michigan House Health Policy Committee and sent to the full House of Representatives for consideration. State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, is the sponsor of two of the bills. Pseudoephedrine is found in many cold medications and is the main ingredient in methamphetamine, a dangerous and addictive stimulant that can be made at home.
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Jun 17, 2011

“There are common sense steps we can take to protect our families and our communities from the destruction caused by this drug,” Price said. “Regulating access to a substance used frequently in criminal activity is one way to do that, as is raising awareness of the effects and dangers of methamphetamine and its production.”

This action comes on the heels of what the Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, is calling one of the largest meth busts ever to occur in West Michigan.

Price is the sponsor of House Bills 4749 and 4750 — which aim to clarify and streamline limits on the amount of pseudoephedrine available for purchase; log the purchaser’s information in a confidential, online, real-time system while at the same time maintaining consumer access to cold and allergy medicines that have proven to be safe and effective treatments. The bills would also update sentencing guidelines for those convicted of violating the new state laws.

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