At the Metro Council meeting on Thursday, the body will vote on a resolution that asks the General Assembly to make pseudoephedrine (PSE) a prescription drug. It’s modeled in part after a law in Oregon that officials say dramatically cut down on meth production.

There’s a PR push against the resolution, and Daviess County Sheriff Keith Cain has penned an op-ed for the Courier-Journal:

To believe the meth problem will go away simply because of this law is naïve. Because meth is so addictive, so popular and so lucrative, cooks will pay smurfers to obtain a prescription. I harbor concern some physicians would prescribe excessive amounts of PSE, as has been the case with many controlled substances. Indeed, the fastest growing substance abuse problem in our Commonwealth today is prescription drugs!

Prescription-only proponents argue that increased meth lab busts prove that e-tracking doesn’t work. In fact, meth lab seizures are up because law enforcement agencies now have the tool they need to track and arrest meth cooks.

The piece doesn’t mention Oregon law, but Cain is concerned that scheduling PSE will cost Kentucky the ability to track purchases.

Here is an article about Oregon’s law. It alleges that imported meth from cartels is on the rise.

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