Smaltz's bill to curb meth production signed into law

Smaltz's bill to curb meth production signed into law

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Thursday, April 28, 2016

STATEHOUSE (April 28, 2016) – State Rep. Ben Smaltz’s (R-Auburn) legislation to combat Indiana’s growing number of meth labs was signed into law today.

Indiana has led the nation in meth lab seizures for the last three years, with more than 1,500 incidents in 2015 alone.

“Many communities, particularly ours in northeast Indiana, have felt the devastating effects of meth,” Smaltz said. “This new law makes it considerably more difficult to purchase large amounts of pseudoephedrine for the purpose of making meth or selling it to meth cooks. Law-abiding Hoosiers who need to purchase medicine containing pseudoephedrine will still be able to do so.”

Pseudoephedrine (PSE) is a key ingredient used in meth and often found in cold, flu and allergy medicine. Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 80 allows Hoosiers who have a patient relationship with a pharmacy to continue purchasing medicine that contains PSE without a prescription. If they do not have a patient relationship, a pharmacist would be able to sell them an extraction-resistant product or a package of 24-count 30mg regular PSE. An individual who refuses these options would be required to obtain a prescription.

For more information on SEA 80, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) 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. Smaltz represents all of DeKalb County and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.