Tulsa Police Support Bill To Curb Meth Production In Oklahoma

Monday, March 7th 2011, 11:56 am
By: News On 6


TULSA ,Oklahoma – The Tulsa Police department said Monday that it supports current legislation intended to cut down on the production of meth in Oklahoma.

House Bill 1235 would make pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient used in making meth, a prescription-only drug.

Tulsa Police said the bill "will greatly reduce the number of meth labs" they find.

The number of meth labs in Tulsa has increased 453 percent in the last three years.

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According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, cleaning up a meth lab can cost $350,000 when you factor in court costs, jail time, and child welfare.

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Two states have enacted similar legislation. Mississippi says its meth labs are already down after passing its law six months ago. Oregon passed its law in 2006 and said its meth labs were reduced by 96 percent.