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Welch Resolution asks Frankfort to further restrict ingredients used in meth labs

Wednesday February 17, 2010

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3622

After working with local law enforcement officials and seeing firsthand the effects of a meth lab explosion in her district, Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch is sponsoring a resolution that asks state to do more to keep meth labs from operation.

“We have tried some restrictions but here Metro Louisville there has been a 63% increase in methamphetamine production from 2008-2009,” says Welch. “It is time to do more to stop this hazard to our communities.”

Welch’s resolution calls upon the General Assembly to pass a law requiring a doctor’s prescription for ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine. These are the basic compounds that are used in the making of meth.

Earlier this month, a woman was severely injured after what Metro Police says was a meth lab explosion in Fairdale. Two children were also in the home at the time. A man was arrested in the case charged with having meth materials.

“We do not want to find more meth lab by using electronic tracking of pseudoephedrine; we want to significantly reduce our meth lab numbers by controlling pseudoephedrine,” Sgt. Stan Salyards of the Narcotics Clandestine Lab Team. “The only way to do that is to require a doctor’s prescription for it.”

Kentucky had 716 methamphetamine labs in 2009, Louisville Metro had 146. Oregon scheduled pseudoephedrine (PSE) in 2006, their meth labs have went from the hundreds to 10 in 2009.

“It’s time for all of to get serious about stopping this crime,” says Welch. “Taking these compounds found in over the counter medicines off the shelf and placing behind the pharmacist’s counter has not been effective. This resolution will ask Frankfort to take us to the next step.”

The Resolution was given its first reading on January 28th. Welch and Salyards appeared before the Public Safety Committee to give testimony on Wednesday. The Committee will continue its review of the Resolution on March 3rd.

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