Sen. Jensen says even if meth bill passes, legislature could have to revise it next year

03/08/2012 07:33 AM

One of the key provisions in the Senate’s bill that restricts pseudoephedrine purchases is that it requires tracking of data to see if the measure is working or if more drastic measures are necessary to cut down on methamphetamine making and use in Kentucky.

State Sen. Tom Jensen, R-London, said on the Senate floor that the legislature can revisit the issue next year. Jensen had pushed for a bill that would have required Kentuckians to get a prescription for cold and allergy medicine with pseudoephedrine. He said the bill the Senate passed on Friday that restricts purchases to about two boxes of pseudoephedrine-based medicines per month might only be an incremental step.

“I hope I’m wrong and that this legislation will stop the labs …” Jensen said in an interview with Pure Politics this week(7:20) “We should be able to see if the number of purchasers have gone up.”

The bill that passed caps the amount of pseudoephedrine people can buy over the counter to 7.2 grams a month and 24 grams a year. Someone who needs more than that must get a prescription.

Jensen has been critical of the lobbying and advertising efforts by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association that opposed the prescription requirement and then argued against the 7.2-gram limit. (4:00)

“They’re disingenuous from the start. They just wanted to have free reign. This is about making profits over people’s health,” Jensen said (4:45).


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