Legislature Holds Interim Study on Pseudoephedrine and Meth Production

The House Public Safety Committee met on October 3rd and 4th for a combination of two interim studies: IS2011S-20, requested by Sen. Kim David, R-Wagoner, and IS2011H-28, requested by Rep. Sue Tibbs, R-Tulsa, and Rep. Ben Sherrer, D-Chouteau. Both studies were requested to look into classifying pseudoephedrine as a Class III substance, which would require a prescription to obtain the drug similar to laws enacted in Oregon and Mississippi.  The members also discussed enhancing existing pseudoephedrine purchase tracking systems, including adding multi-state tracking.

The committee heard testimony on methamphetamine production, for which pseudoephedrine is a key component; the effectiveness of current tracking systems to prevent methamphetamine production; and the impact methamphetamine use has on Oklahoma in terms of law enforcement, business and individual lives.  Testimony was given from a variety of agencies including the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Control, the Oklahoma State Medical Association, the Oklahoma Sheriff Association, and the Tulsa and Sand Springs Police Departments.  Testimony was also heard from the Tulsa County Child Protection Coalition, the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, and the Tulsa Apartments Association among others.

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