AUGUST 29, 2005 - Posted at 7:58 a.m. CDT
AMAGON, AR - Mixed reaction coming from authorities toward Arkansas' new law limiting access to the legal cold medicine ingredients of methamphetamine.
Methamphetamine-possession cases have increased in the state, even though the new law has sharply reduced the number of meth labs authorities are finding here.
The key, they say, is that the law has given pharmacies nearly total control over the distribution of previously over-the-counter cold medicines. It has effectively cut off the supply chain for Arkansas' meth producers. But, at the same time, meth users and dealers have developed new sources for the drugs among gangs.
The new law appears to have shut most of that activity down, but the state Crime Lab says meth cooks and users are still finding products from outside the state, mainly the pure form of meth produced in Mexico called "ice."