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Updated: Wednesday, May 14 2014, 11:51 PM CDT
Waste Watch: Meth Measures in Other States
We've shown you problems with Tennessee's Meth Offender Registry. Tonight, we look at Oklahoma. That state worked with Tennessee to replicate our meth registry, However, they added all drug offenders to the registry, not just meth users.
Because drug offenders would smurf (secretly gather) meth materials for meth makers in exchange for their drug of choice. Rep Tony Shipley (R) Kingsport explains how effective it's been. "The beauty of the Oklahoma law was when it went into effect they reduced the manufacture of meth by 50%. Just that one piece."
Tennessee just voted this into law and will be adding all drug offenders to our meth registry.
We've shown you how some county clerks don't understand their responsibility to report meth convictions to the TBI for the registry. Oklahoma, also figured out a way to solve that according to the TBI's Tommy Farmer, "There's this form and once the person is convicted in the courtroom there's literally a document that's shared with the individual. The info is collected right there everything they need. The two of them sit down they sign off the court signs off on it and it's submitted."
This streamlines the process and doesn't rely on a 3rd party clerk to remember do it later.
Now let's look at Mississippi and Oregon, both of which don't allow customers to buy pseudoephredine, the key ingredient in meth, without a prescription.
Their meth convictions have dropped drastically.
Farmer says this is the only proven solution to the meth problem.
Tennessee lawmakers tried to pass a similar bill this year,
However, lawmakers compromised by limiting the amount of pseudoephredrine you can buy without a prescription to about a five month supply.