Anti-Meth Legislation Moves Forward In State Senate

By Eric Dutkiewicz

January 29, 2013 Updated Nov 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (www.incnow.tv) - A bill that would strengthen state anti-meth laws unanimously passed a State Senate committee Tuesday.

Senate Bill 496, sponsored by State Sen. Carl Yoder, R-Middlebury, would tighten restrictions on ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of meth. (To read entire bill, click here)

The legislation permits retailers only in the National Precursor Log Exchange, which tracks ephedrine and pseudoephedrine sales, to sell those drugs.

Yoder's bill would put a 61.2 gram per year limit on ephedrine and pseudoephedrine purchases for one person.

The bill also enhances meth-related criminal penalties, and prohibits anyone previously convicted of meth-related crimes from buying ephedrine or pseudoephedrine prescription for seven years.

SB 496 passed the State Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law, 10-0, and will head to the full State Senate.

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