Conway, Stumbo say Yonts' pseudoephedrine bill isn't enough for law enforcement

12/14/2011 05:41 PM

One Democratic lawmaker’s proposed compromise on pseudoephedrine doesn’t go far enough in cracking down on “smurfers,” two leading advocates in the fight against drug abuse told Pure Politics.

Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway both said a bill pre-filed by state Rep. Brent Yonts, a Democrat from Greenville, isn’t enough to stop an increase in methamphetamine production and use in Kentucky.

Yonts’ bill would require anyone with a meth-related conviction to have a prescription to buy over the counter cold medicines that include pseudoephedrine, because that ingredient is important in cold medicine and meth production.

But anyone without a conviction could buy the medicines as usual, which would allow an increasing in smurfing, the act in which people are paid to buy cold medicines to give to meth producers, the two Democratic leaders said.

In an extended interview, Stumbo discussed the range of options presented to the General Assembly to combat meth. Those include making all pseudoephedrine available only by prescription, Yonts’ approach and allowing pseudoephedrine in gel caps to remain over the counter, but other forms to be prescription only.


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