Bill aimed at reducing meth problems advances

The Indiana Senate passed a bill 46-3 on Tuesday that would make it more difficult for criminals to purchase products used in the production of meth.

The bill moves to the House for consideration.

Senate Bill 536, authored by Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, requires individuals convicted of drug-related felonies to obtain a prescription before purchasing or possessing pseudoephedrine or ephedrine. The two drugs are primary ingredients in the making of meth.

Young said the bill will burden drug criminals “without creating additional challenges for honest citizens.” He said laws similar to SB 536 are being used in Oklahoma and Alabama, and that they have seen a 70-percent reduction in meth labs.

Young said SB 536 doesn’t get rid of the meth problems in the state, but he said making it more difficult for criminals will help.

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