the problem with Rep. Yoder's amendment to his original bill, now law, is that smurfers, those who buy as agents for the mfgrs', can still go to convenience stores and not be tracked.
As the mayors and cops say, the superior route is to make the precursors by prescription ONLY. This will stop production in its tracks, like OR and MS have already accomplished. Just ask the Sheriff of Lane Co., OR. .
The RX law in Or may not have had much of an affect.
The manufacture and abuse of theillegal and addictive
drug methamphetamine is a scourgethat has been
tearing at countless families andcommunities across the
United States for more than adecade. Oregon has been
particularly hard hit by thisepidemic. In 2004, Oregon
became only the second state to pullpseudoephedrine
from retail shelves and put it behindthe counter. This
law was specifically intended tocurtail the manufacture
of methamphetamine, for whichpseudoephedrine
is used as a chemical precursor.Then in 2005, the
State of Oregon passed a law (HB2485, effective
September 2006) further restrictingaccess to medicines
containing pseudoephedrine by makingthem available
via prescription only (hereinafter“Rx-only”).
was the first state to pass such alaw, and so far only
Mississippi has passed a similarRx-only law.
In this paper we review theobservable patterns in
methamphetamine manufacturing andabuse in Oregon
in comparison with other regionsthat did not adopt
similar Rx-only laws. Our review andanalysis show
that Oregon’s experience withmethamphetamine
manufacture and abuse since 2006does not stand out
from its neighbors or other parts ofthe United States.
This potentially calls into questionwhether Oregon’s
Rx-only law had any independenteffect on these key
measures. Moreover, this law doescome at some cost
to consumers and government andprivate payers. In
particular we find:
• The number of methamphetamine
lab incidents (a commonly usedindicator of
methamphetamine manufacturing) inOregon declined
significantly from 467 in 2004 to 12in 2010 – a
decline of more than 90%. Examinedin isolation,
therefore, it might appear that theRx-only law may
have had its intended effect onmethamphetamine
manufacture. However, most of thisdecline occurred
before the Rx-only law becameeffective in 2006, by
which time the number of incidentsalready had fallen
to 50, which strongly suggests thatother factors are
driving this trend.
• However, a similar regional trendis also
evident in neighboring states thatdo not require a
prescription for pseudoephedrine.For example, the
number of methamphetamine labincidents in the state
of Washington declined by more than90% between
2004 and 2010, as well. In fact, by2010 the number of
methamphetamine incidents permillion of population
was comparable in Oregon,Washington, and California.
Statistical analysis confirms that,after accounting for
regional trends in methamphetaminelab incidents, little
distinguishes Oregon fromneighboring states that did
not adopt Rx-only laws forpseudoephedrine. The exact
mechanism behind this shared declineis not known but
would appear to reflecttechnological or market changes
unrelated to the Oregon law.
Edited: 3/6/2013 5:18:16 PM by