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Iowa Police Want Changes in State Meth Law

October 09, 2007  | 

Iowa narcotics officers are concerned that a loophole in a state law intended to limit access to pseudoephedrine could mean an increase in meth production.

Ken Carter, director of the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, told the Des Moines Register that the law intended to prevent cookers from using over-the-counter medications containing pseudoephedrine to make meth had a fatal flaw.

Lt. Darren Grimshaw of the Burlington Police Department agreed. “The law has been real effective,” he told the Register. “But you give the bad guys long enough and they’ll find ways around the law.” 

Grimshaw’s department has shut down six meth labs in the last four months.

“Before the 2005 law, we seized 25 to 30 labs a year. That dropped to three to five per year after the law but now it’s picking back up,” he said.

Under current Iowa law, purchases of pseudoephedrine are limited to no more than 7,500 milligrams per 30 days without prescription. Pharmacies are required to log purchases of the drug, but they are not required to share the information with other pharmacies.

“You can shop around. You can go to Hy-Vee, buy the limit and then head across the street to Walgreens,” Grimshaw said. “And what is happening is, these Meth producers are recruiting people to buy pseudoephedrine for them. They get 10 to 20 people, and they pay them $25 to $50 a box.” According to Grimshaw, some cookers also pay their pseudoephedrine buyers in product.

Iowa law enforcement and the governor have asked the legislature for a law requiring a statewide tracking system for pseudoephedrine purchases.

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RonLangley @ 10/10/2007 5:57 AM

We have SERIOUS problems here in Montana too. The feds need to get off their butts and mandate that ALL pharmacies nationwide use the same information tracking system. Until then, the criminals are going to continue finding ways around the laws and controls put into place. Also, retailers in communities need to get together and decide that they are going to help control the sale and distribution of products needed to produce meth AT THE SOURCE - THEIR STORES. Everyone in the community shakes their head and says what a problem it is, but then turns around and sells muriatic acid, propane, clear tubing, drain cleaner, and acetone to customers without a second thought. All in the name of making a buck, I guess. Everyone assumes that it's someone else's problem and is afraid to take a loss in profits by limiting the availability of the COUNTLESS products used in manufacturing this terrible drug.

RonLangley @ 10/10/2007 6:17 AM

Click on the link below, or cut and paste into your browser, and print this poster out.

Go down to your local Kinko's or other copy shop and make copies to give to local Home Depots, Pro-Build, Lowe's, local "mom and pop" hardware stores, as well as management in grocery outlets and tell them how they can make a difference in their own community. If everyone starts at home, retailers can do their part, by limiting availability in bulk and asking for identification, and make a huge dent in this problem. This will help in the long run by freeing up law enforcement to deal with other issues, cause less financial strain on our emergency rooms and burn-units, take a burden off of our local and state welfare agncies and foster homes, and help with the overcrowding situations in all our prisons and jails. All the benefits that come from just putting these items behind counters or locked display units and asking for i.d. - For those of us that are law-abiding citizens, I'd gladly deal with the "inconvenience" of producing i.d. knowing that it was going to help my community so much.

knight3218 @ 10/11/2007 9:24 PM

First they need to fix an even Bigger loop hole........ It's called "Trihist", which is the very same product for horses.
Let me tell you how this works..... This stuff is in a corn meal base, and since horses are larger than people, just one container of this stuff has a BIG dose of pseudoephedrine. The plastic jug is Large with several doses and can be purchased at any Vet's office.
That's not all...... No prescription is required, No I.D. is required, No records have to be kept, there is NO Limit on your purchase...... and last but NOT least..... you don't even have to own a horse. You can buy as much as you want by the Case!!
Check it out, they REALLY messed up with this one, I learned this in a Meth Lab School a few months back.
I suffer from allergies and take pseudoephedrine, but I get it rationed to me, leave it up to the government to screw the honest people and leave Trihist wide open for abuse by the criminals who get it even cheaper now.
I sure hope that the idiots don't think up some way to make a new kind of dope with Asprin, we'll REALLY have problems with the Federal Government trying to save us...... this is like gun control to me, if they REALLY wanted to save lives, they would ban tobacco products..... but that's big Tax money. This is Insane!!

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