State Senator Bob Deig of Mount Vernon joined a panel of experts to discuss Indiana’s growing methamphetamine problem on a recent episode of INFocus, a monthly show produced and aired by WTIU. Discussed on this episode, “Meth and Its Correlation to Over the Counter Drugs,” was whether Indiana law should be changed making the key ingredient in meth, ephedrine, available by prescription only.
Deig, who is a member of the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee that has been studying this issue this interim, explains that everything they’ve learned in the past two years tells him that making ephedrine a prescription drug is the most comprehensive way to address the problem. Although the electronic tracking systems that pharmaceutical companies have proposed would be more effective than the paper logging system now used in Indiana, Deig believes the tracking system leaves too many loopholes for “smurfers” and other criminals.
Also featured in the show is Rob Bovett, District Attorney of Lincoln County in Oregon. Oregon was the first state to make the change to prescription-only, and Bovett says since the change meth arrests have decreased 20 percent and meth lab busts have decreased 90 percent.
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InFocus is a live, 30 minute monthly production, airing on WTIU and WFIU. Each show includes a panel of experts, discussing the proposed topic of the month. The focus of this program is to highlight issues or concerns in the state. See http://indianapublicmedia.org/infocus for more info and to watch past episodes.