Arkansas Officials Expect Meth Lab Rate to Continue to Decline

JULY 19, 2005 - Posted at 7:36 a.m. CDT

SPRINGDALE, AR - Missouri's move to limit the sale of pseudoephedrine, an ingredient in many cold and allergy medicines that can be used to make methamphetamine has encouraged police in north Arkansas to look for a reduction in meth labs.  They say the number has already dropped significantly since Arkansas limited access to pseudoephedrine earlier this year.

Bill Bryant of the Drug Enforcement Administration at Little Rock, said the number of meth labs seized in Arkansas dropped 50 percent in the three months since Arkansas began restricting pseudoephedrine sales in April.  But some meth makers had been making trips to Missouri to get what they needed.  Now, a similar ban has taken effect in the state to Arkansas' north.

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