Friday, May 09, 2008

Champion's Anti-Meth Bill Clears Assembly

A bill that's intended to strengthen the monitoring procedures for over-the-counter drugs that make meth is on its way to the Governor.

Senate Bill 724, an omnibus prescription drug bill, has been passed by the both the House and the Senate.

"My legislation ensures that people purchasing pseudoephedrines to make meth cannot buy more than is allowed by law," said Springfield Sen. Norma Champion, the bill's sponsor.

Under current law, pharmacies are required to maintain a paper log and document any transactions where the customer purchases products that contain pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient used in the production of meth. Champion's legislation would require pharmacies to upgrade to an electronic, rather than a written log, which records when a pseudoephedrine product is purchased and who is the purchaser. The act also specifies that the photo ID provided by the buyer of pseudoephedrine products be issued by a state or the federal government and shown prior to the purchase.

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