Senate OKs Bill to Create Statewide Tracking Database for Meth Ingredient

MARCH 2, 2007 - Posted at 7:35 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Senate has approved a bill to create a statewide database tracking sales of ingredients used in cooking methamphetamine.

The meth-database bill, unanimously passed by the Senate yesterday, would track purchases of over-the-counter medications that include pseudoephedrine.  The drug, used in some cold and congestion medications, can be used in cooking methamphetamine.

The bill's sponsor, Senator Hank Wilkins IV of Pine Bluff, said an electronic log would allow police to track sales spread out across the state by the same people.  A 2005 law already requires those buying the medications to show identification.  The Arkansas Crime Information Center would manage the database and control access to it.

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