Consumer Group Advances Alternative to Prescription Mandate
FRANKFORT, Ky., Oct. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) today urged members of the Kentucky General Assembly to adopt a new tool in the fight against illegal methamphetamine production and abuse, the Meth Offender Registry Block List. The block list would prevent convicted meth offenders from purchasing medicines containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) –medicines like Advil Cold and Sinus, Allegra-D, Claritin-D, Mucinex D, and Sudafed—without a doctor's prescription.
The Meth Offender Registry Block List would prevent convicted meth offenders, including convicted "smurfers," from purchasing PSE at the point of sale. A 2010 draft report from the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission estimates that the system would block 5,500 known criminals from purchasing medicines containing PSE. This compromise solution protects the rights of law-abiding Kentuckians, while closing the net on criminal drug offenders.
"Implementing the Meth Offender Registry Block List, which will soon be in use in Tennessee, will strike right at the heart of the problem – the criminal meth cook," said Carlos Gutierrez, director of state government relations for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA). "There is no need to unfairly punish law-abiding consumers when we have an option to block the criminals whom we know are committing the crimes."
CHPA understands the scope and complexity of Kentucky's methamphetamine problem and thus is offering a common sense approach that will give tools to law enforcement to punish criminals without impacting workers and families. The meth problem presents a difficult challenge: how do we stop criminals without unfairly punishing law-abiding Kentuckians who simply wish to purchase and use a legal and safe product?
This challenge is made greater by the creativity of criminal drug peddlers and addicts, and demands a collabor