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Meep, meep

Gazette staff May 16th, 2012

If we could anthropomorphize pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in both allergy medicines and methamphetamine, we think it might be the Road Runner in the old Looney Tunes cartoons.

Brad Gregg

Legislators and law enforcement keep coming up with ACME-styled schemes to stop it, but somehow that tweaked-out bird keeps booking it, whether its final destination is to alleviate the agony of allergy sufferers or in a makeshift meth lab.

And so it goes. In the latest volley in the war on meth, Gov. Mary Fallin last week signed a measure to further limit the amount of pseudoephedrine a person can purchase, from 9 grams in a 30-day period to 7.2. House Bill 2941 also ensures Oklahoma can hook up with an electronic nationwide database monitoring purchases of pseudoephedrine.

Despite the hoopla of proponents, some in the law enforcement community expressed skepticism.

“Time will tell whether we start seeing a reduction in labs in Oklahoma,” said Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control.

“What’s going on in Tulsa with tracking is difficult because [meth makers] are recruiting people who have a good ID …and they only buy one box of Sudafed. The meth cooks are frequently not the ones trying to buy Sudafed.”

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05.16.2012 at 09:13 Reply

I suppose big pharma should make a new drug that works just as good but can't be used in meth, then everyone who buy pseudoephedrine is immediately suspect.  Problem solved!

BTW, I love anthropomorphization.  Who doesn't? LoL cats are hysterical!