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Arkansas Children's Hospital Sees Drop in Meth Burns

OCTOBER 3, 2006 - Posted at 7:38 a.m. CDT


LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas Children's Hospital says it has seen 63 percent fewer patients with burns related to methamphetamine production since the state adopted a law in 2005 to control the sale of drugs containing the cold medicine pseudoephedrine.

In 2004, the hospital's burn center admitted 19 patients with meth-related burns.  Last year, it admitted seven.  In the first half of this year, it has admitted four.

Some meth ingredients are flammable and the caustic substance can explode during production.

A hospital duty was conducted to evaluate the effect of the legislation on the number of meth-associated burns in Arkansas.

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