Anti-meth law now in effect
PADUCAH — More than 100 new laws are on the books in Kentucky. Some are aimed at cracking down on copper thieves. Another stops rogue pigs from destroying crops in rural Kentucky.
Lawmakers also promoted a newly enacted anti-meth initiative.
Kentucky has been dealing with a widespread abuse of meth for years.
"it's our number two problem in the this area," says McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden.
The illegal drug contains varieties of houshold products and cold and sinus meidcation that have pseudoephedrine in them.
The law, effective July 12, limits the amount of pseudoephedrine one person can buy. The new law limits adults to 7.2 grams a month, which is roughly the equivalent of a box, before requiring a prescription.
"I think that's a reasonable amount of pseudoephedrine before they would be cut off before purchasing any more," says Sheriff Hayden.
The law also makes pharmacies use the meth check system to log who's buying what medicine and how often. Marshall Davis with Davis Drugs already uses the system.
"it's a good program because we have had people denied," says Davis. "So, if it's one of our regular patients, know they're purchasing the pseudoephedrine product all the time, a lot of times, we'll ask them if they want us to get a prescription for them from the physician."
The law was signed early this year.