Iowa to track meth precursors
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
Gov. Chet Culver (D) signs a law establishing a real-time electronic repository to monitor sales of ephedrine- and pseudoephedrine-containing products in Iowa. Senate File 237, enacted March 25 and effective July 1, makes Iowa the seventh state to mandate electronic logbooks for purchases of nonprescription methamphetamine precursors, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia actively track PSE sales. Hawaii and Missouri have approved but have yet to implement systems. The Kansas Senate has approved an electronic logbook bill (1"The Tan Sheet" March 16, 2009, In Brief)
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A statewide system for tracking purchases of nonprescription products containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine is a step closer to reality after the Kansas Senate passes S.B. 248. Following its March 12 approval by 37-3 margin, the bill will next be considered in the state House. Other states have set up similar electronic logbooks to monitor purchases of methamphetamine precursors - including Tennessee, which says its statewide tracking system has been a success (1"The Tan Sheet" Feb. 2, 2009, p. 4). ... Mo. Senate votes down PSE Rx amendment: An attempt to amend a larger crime bill with a measure requiring a prescription for products containing methamphetamine precursors fails in the Missouri state Senate March 4. The amendment offered by state Sen. Jason Crowell, a Republican representing the Cape Girardeau area, "was soundly defeated" by voice vote, according to a legislature spokesman. Separately, Crowell has sponsored a bill, S.B. 160, to make cough/cold remedies containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine available by prescription only, which remains viable (2"The Tan Sheet" Feb. 23, 2009, p. 3). A companion bill, H.B. 496, is under consideration in the House and has been passed out of committee
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