Head of Oklahoma narcotics agency to tout state's meth law in Washington DC

Tuesday, November 16th 2004, 1:36 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The head of Oklahoma's Bureau of Narcotics is heading to Washington, DC, to brief federal lawmakers about the success of the state's new meth law.

OBN Director Lonnie Wright will testify Wednesday before the House Committee on Government Reform.

Congress is looking at Oklahoma's law that restricts the sale of pseudoephedrine, a main ingredient in illegal methamphetamines.

The new law took effect in April requiring licensed pharmacists to sell medicine containing the drug only to adults who provide identification.

Wright says since the implementation of the new law, the number of clandestine drug labs raided in Oklahoma has dropped by roughly 70 percent. He says the new law has been copied by executive order in Oregon, and a dozen other states are considering similar legislation.