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Wednesday Apr 16 | WGNS-AM Murfreesboro

Gov. Bill Haslam's Anti Meth Bill inching towards passing

Gov. Bill Haslam's anti-methamphetamine legislation has been approved by the Senate.

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Tue Apr 15, 2014

The Jackson Sun

Tenn. Senate approves governor's anti-meth bill

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam's anti-methamphetamine legislation has been approved by the Senate.

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Wed Apr 09, 2014

The Jackson Sun

Tenn. House OKs watered-down anti-meth bill

<![CDATA[NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Supporters of a watered-down version of Gov. Bill Haslam's anti-methamphetamine legislation approved by the House on Wednesday believe it will help in the fight against the drug's production across the state, even though it's not as tough as they would like. The House overwhelmingly voted 80-17 in favor of the proposal that would set an annual cap of 150 days' worth of allergy and cold medicines like Sudafed that could be bought without a prescription. Over-the-counter remedies that include pseudoephedrine are abused by people who make methamphetamine with the ingredient. The House version is double the amount envisioned under Haslam's previous proposal that has been adopted in the Senate. The Republican governor's original proposal would have established a monthly limit of 2.4 grams of pseudoephedrine, or a 10-day maximum dose, before requiring a pharmacist to authorize another 10 days' worth before getting a doctor's prescription. Facing resistance over that measure, the governor later removed the pharmacist element, and instead proposed a 4.8-gram month maximum and an annual cap of 14.4 grams. That proposal was adopted in the Senate. The House version sets a 5.8-gram monthly cap and annual limit of 28.8 grams. House lawmakers on Wednesday voted against an amendment to return the legislation to the governor's proposal. "We've come to a conclusion as a body that this is a fair and meager approach," said Republican Rep. Tony Shipley of Kingsport, who helped craft the compromise legislation that carries lesser restrictions on the amount of medicines that could be bought without a prescription. "This is not going to solve the problem by itself, it is a piece," he said. Rep. G.A. Hardaway said he opposed the governor's version because of the hardships it would place on people who want to purchase the medicines legally, like some seniors who would be forced to get transportation to try to see a doctor. "It's not a perfect bill, it's a compromise," said the Memphis Democrat. "Nobody got everything they wanted, but it's a beginning." Mark Gwyn, the director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, told reporters after the vote that 1,685 meth labs were seized in Tennessee last year. He said neighboring Kentucky, which has a 24.4-gram limit on pseudoephedrine, has seen a 40 percent reduction in meth labs and he believes Tennessee will also see some degree of reduction. "I'm for legislation that will reduce the production of meth labs in this state, and we feel that this legislation will," he said. "How much it will reduce, we don't know."

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WBIR-TV Knoxville

Tennessee House passes meth bill

House lawmakers approved tight new limits on some cold and allergy medications meant to combat meth production in Tennessee.

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WTVF Nashville

House OKs Watered-Down Anti-Meth Bill

The House bill would set an annual cap of 150 days' worth of allergy and cold medicines like Sudafed that could be bought without a prescription.

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Mon Apr 07, 2014

Fox 23

Alert neighbor leads police to large meth lab operation

People in one Mayes County town are shocked after police found a large meth lab nearby.

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Wed Apr 02, 2014

The Mississippi Press

Not all Mississippi legislative success stories are popular at first

It was with no small amount of relief that I watched our neighbors in Indiana, Tennessee and Missouri battle over the title as the "methamphetamine capital of the U.S." The most recent Top 10 states for methamphetamine incidents including labs, seizures, dump sites, etc., include: Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, North ... (more)

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Mon Mar 31, 2014

KDLT-TV Sioux Falls

Gov. Daugaard Signs Law To Combat Meth Labs

The amount of methamphetamine seized in South Dakota has nearly doubled over the past year.

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Lifehacker

Don't Bring Over-the-Counter Medicine When Traveling Internationally

You might not think much of bringing your allergy pills on a vacation, but authorities in certain countries might.

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Thu Mar 27, 2014

WTOC-TV Savannah

Senate committee takes no action on bill aimed to curb meth production

Lawmakers are now targeting certain medicines used to make meth with controversial legislation what could affect how you buy certain types of medicine at the drug store.

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Wed Mar 26, 2014

Bellingham Herald

Watered-down meth bill advancing in House

The House Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday approved the measure that would set an annual cap of 150 days' worth of allergy and cold medicines like Sudafed that could be bought without prescription.

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