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Make Meth law tougher

Almost every day in the news you learn about someone being arrested on Meth charges. It appears we have a Meth epidemic in South Mississippi. In fact, Jackson County's Narcotics Task Force Commander Curtis Spiers says he would venture to say across the United States, Meth is a cancer that continues to grow.

Law enforcement officers say one reason Meth is such a problem is that the ingredients to make Meth are easy to get. They believe that the law that requires medicines containing pseudoephedrine to be kept behind the pharmacy counter and only sold after ID is presented and signature obtained needs to be tougher.

Now officers are lobbying state Lawmakers to also require a prescription in order to purchase drugs containing pseudoephedrine . This drug is found in some cold medicines. Spiers says that a similar law was passed in Oregon and officers there have seen results, going from 473 Meth lab busts to 20 in just one year.

If you have seen the before and after pictures of someone who has used Meth, you wonder why someone would want to do that to their body. But, it is an addiction and one way to stop this epidemic is to make it even more difficult to get that one key ingredient. And, state Lawmakers need to do that by requiring a prescription to purchase medicine containing pseudoephedrine.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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