SPRINGFIELD - Democrat State Sen. Dave Koehler has introduced legislation (SB3502) that would make it even more difficult for Illinoisans to obtain cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine; an ingredient criminals use in the production of methamphetamine.
Already, drugs containing pseudoephedrine are only available from behind the pharmacy counter, and require Illinois citizens to produce a photo ID and actually sign their name before being allowed to purchase them.
State Sen. Dave Koehler's bill would make the drugs prescription-only.
“We'll use Oregon as the test case,” said Koehler. “They have substantially reduced their meth activity to just about nil.”
However, Steve Buckstein of the Oregon-based Cascade Policy Institute, said most of the decline in Oregon came under a law similar to what Illinois already has. He said an unintended consequence of Oregon's prescription law, which Koehler is proposing for Illinois, has been the rise of a Mexican drug cartel shipping the drug to Oregon.
“If people want it, someone else will break the law to supply it,” said Buckstein. “Meth abuse has not gone down (in Oregon). Meth lab abuse has gone down.”
H/T: Dave Dahl