Rep. Bacon addresses community meth problem
STATEHOUSE - On Tuesday, Rep. Bacon (R - Chandler) hosted a meeting with newly elected county law enforcement officials concerning the growing methamphetamine problem within their community.
The Sheriffs from Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh, and Warrick Counties attended. The Prosecutors from Vanderburgh and Gibson counties attended. In addition the county coroner's from Warrick and Posey Counties were present. The elected officials discussed bills that have been filed concerning the continued up rise in meth use and what they can do to curtail the problem.
According to Rep. Bacon his focus is on primary prevention of the use of the drug.
"It is important for me to put a dent in meth production, which will eventually - hopefully - help curtail the use or at least accessibility to the drug" said Bacon.
Rep. Bacon reviewed with the county officials a bill that was introduced that would make any store bought drug in Indiana containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) only accessible for purchase with a prescription.
"Of course, my concern with a bill like this is that it negatively impacts law abiding citizens who only purchase a product with PSE in it to treat a common cold. But, with rising meth use and the failure of "tracking" it doesn't give us many choices," said a concerned Bacon.
Rep. Bacon, himself is also working on a bill that would potentially change the law to how a substance in possession in defined. Currently, state law fails to define possession of a drug if it is in consumption.
"For example, if a pregnant woman consumes meth and it kills her unborn or delivered baby as a result of meth use - we can't do much because the substance wasn't "on her" it was "in her". Currently the law fails to address consumption as possession - something that I intend on changing," said Rep. Bacon.
"Even though it is unfortunate that we have to address this subject matter, it is important for our community, our district and our state to focus on solutions to these continued problems. I was pleased with the response of the county officials that I met with and look forward to the start of session next week," said Bacon.