Panel looks at cutting meth production in Kansas

Wednesday, December 8th 2004, 10:59 am
By: News On 6

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Taking a cue from Oklahoma, Kansas officials are considering changing state law to restrict the purchase of tablet forms of a key ingredient needed to make methamphetamine.

Oklahoma changed its law earlier this year to restrict the sale of common cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine. The medicines can only be sold in pharmacies to people with a photo ID and who sign to buy it.

State law enforcement officials say the change cut the number of meth labs in Oklahoma in half.

But it's also sent a flood of people over the Kansas border to buy the medications.

Kansas Highway Patrol Superintendent Bill Seck and Kansas Bureau of Investigation Director Larry Welch say a similar law in Kansas has potential.