Senate approves bill targeting meth manufacturers
The Senate on Tuesday approved legislation to target
meth manufacturers while preserving citizens’ access to medicines.
Brinkley, author of Senate Bill 1634, said his proposal would
provide law enforcement officials with powerful tools to fight meth,
but would not make pseudoephedrine available by prescription only.
The proposal would limit over-the-counter purchases of pseudoephedrine
to 3.6 grams in a single day, and 7.2 grams per month – the
recommended therapeutic dosage. If approved by the Legislature, Oklahoma
would be the only state with an annual purchase limit for pseudoephedrine.
SB 1634 would limit pseudoephedrine purchases to 60 grams per year.
“Meth addiction is taking a horrendous toll on the people of
this state and the families who are going through it,” said
Brinkley, R-Owasso. “However, as we address the issue I don’t
believe we need to place additional burdens on law-abiding citizens.
This bill gives law enforcement the tools they need to bust these
meth labs, without inconveniencing law-abiding citizens who need medicine.”
The measure will also give law enforcement officials the ability to
track purchases of pseudoephedrine across state lines. Brinkley noted
his bill would give investigators the ability to receive electronic
notifications when suspected meth manufacturers and their suppliers
purchase pseudoephedrine in neighboring states.
The measure would also institute a 72-hour purchase block for those
who exceed the daily purchase limit.
“Those of us who have counseled, or have known people who have
dealt with addiction, know how horrible the problem is,” Brinkley
said. “But we simply can’t limit access to every item
a criminal can misuse. We have to take a smarter approach, and I believe
this legislation does just that. I’m grateful for the support
of my colleagues who joined me in taking this step to fight meth addiction
in our state.”
Senate Bill 1634 will now advance to the House for consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. Brinkley: (405) 521-5566