As news reports show meth's increasing dangers, House Speaker says legislature should act

05/31/2011 06:32 PM

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said he will once again support legislation to require prescriptions for cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient in the destructive drug, methamphetamine.

“I’m for anything that combats the drug problem,” Stumbo said on Pure Politics.

Stumbo was among those, including Republican Senate President David Williams and Republican Congressman Hal Rogers, who backed proposals to do that in the 2011 General Assembly. But many lawmakers objected, saying it could raise health care costs on law-abiding families who would have to go to the doctor to get prescriptions to cope with the common cold.

Stumbo said the growing meth problem might have to continue to spread before such legislation can pass.

“As the problem spreads — and it will because it is a cancer — and it spreads to their communities and they see families they know who are affected, then they’ll understand,” Stumbo said.

The comments came as reporter Greg Stotelmyer of Channel 36 in Lexington took an in-depth look at the problem of meth in Kentucky.

Stotelmyer’s first part that aired last week looked at how addictive methamphetamine can be.

The second part looks at how the meth has become easier to make. Now Kentucky has the fourth highest rate of labs discovered in the nation.

The third part examined the pros and cons in the debate over requiring prescriptions for drugs that contain pseudoephedrine.

The fourth part looked at how meth making and the cycle of addition affects children.

Stotelmyer’s fifth part of the series focuses on how the meth problem puts an addition strain on law enforcement.

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