Covering Kentucky

Jan 12, 2012 1:35 PM

Kentucky Regulations Haven't Curbed Meth Problems

FRANKFORT (AP) - Treatment for meth-related illnesses and reports of clandestine meth labs have increased since 2008, the year Kentucky began electronic tracking of the sale of pseudoephedrine.

University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy professors Trish Freeman and Jeff Talbert told a joint meeting of the state Senate and House judiciary committees that indications are that the state's methamphetamine problem is worsening.

The testimony comes as legislators again consider a proposal to require that cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine, which is used in making meth, be available only with a doctor's prescription.

A similar measure failed to pass last year.

Freeman and Talbert cited a study that showed meth-related hospitalizations increased from 198 in 2008 to 385 in 2010. Meth labs discovered in that period increased from 428 to more than 1,000.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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