Rep. Smaltz: House committee advances bill to curb meth production

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Wednesday, January 27, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 27, 2016) — The House Public Health Committee passed State Rep. Ben Smaltz’s (R-Auburn) bill today to curb meth production in Indiana.

Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient used in the production of meth and often found in cold, flu and allergy medications. Under House Bill 1390, if an individual has a relationship on record with a pharmacy, then pharmacists would be able to continue selling them pseudoephedrine products without a prescription. If they do not have a relationship on record, the bill would give pharmacists the option to sell them a tamper-resistant product. If a tamper-resistant product is refused, the individual would need a prescription. Smaltz said tamper-resistant pseudoephedrine works the same as traditional pseudoephedrine. He also said these products deter the production of meth by limiting the extraction of pseudoephedrine, and are widely available to Hoosiers at a similar price.

“Unfortunately, Indiana is on its way to lead the nation in meth lab seizures for the third consecutive year,” Smaltz said. “We have done almost everything we can to stop meth labs in Indiana, short of making pseudoephedrine a prescription drug. After working closely with pharmacists and physicians, I believe we have crafted a bill that would take a significant step toward curbing meth production in our state, while also considering the convenience of law-abiding Hoosiers.”

Smaltz said the bill would hold pharmacists accountable by requiring the Indiana Board of Pharmacy to review their professional determinations and discipline those who violate any rules.

Smaltz’s bill will now be considered by the House of Representatives.

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State Rep. Ben Smaltz serves as the Chairman of the Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development Committee. He also serves on the Public Policy Committee, Roads and Transportation Committee and the Committee on Joint Rules.  Rep. Smaltz represents all of DeKalb County and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.

NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Click here to download a high-definition, on camera interview with Rep. Smaltz regarding HB 1390.