Attorney General Proposing Legislature Limit Access to Key Meth Ingredient

DECEMBER 27, 2004 - Posted at 7:30 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - As the legislative session approaches, state Attorney General Mike Beebe says limiting access to a key methamphetamine ingredient is among his ideas to help Arkansas.

Beebe is proposing a requirement that some cold medicines be sold only from behind the counter of a registered pharmacist.  Those medicines contain ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropalamine, drugs that are key ingredients in making meth.

The proposal would require customers to show a valid identification before purchasing the medications and pharmacists to keep records of sales.

Beebe said meth cannot be made without those substances.

As Attorney General, Beebe cannot introduce legislation at the session beginning January 10.  He declined to name lawmakers who may sponsor his ideas.

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