Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Blunt Signs Champion's Meth-Tracking Bill

Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation Tuesday that will create a new system to track potential meth manufacturers.

Springfield Senator Norma Champion's legislation is also being heralded as a way to alert law enforcement officers to potential abuses of raw materials used to make the deadly drug.

“I’m extremely pleased Gov. Blunt has signed off on this landmark anti-meth legislation,” Sen. Champion said. “By making it increasingly difficult for meth producers to make this destructive drug, we are one step closer to keeping it from hurting our communities — especially our children.”

Specifically, this bill creates an electronic tracking system of the purchase of pseudoephedrine in real-time to cut down on meth makers jumping from location to location to purchase large quantities of pseudoephedrine. The bill also requires that anyone licensed to sell these products submit information about the sale of pseudoephedrine to the Department of Health and Senior Services in accordance with the department’s guidelines while including provisions to protect the privacy and confidentiality of Missouri patients.

The new tracking system will be Internet-based. Pharmacies across the state will enter each purchaser’s information as part of the sales transaction, and the system will alert the seller if that purchaser is over the daily or monthly limit.

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