Oklahoma Lawmakers Seek Restriction Of Meth Ingredient

Tuesday, October 4th 2011, 7:56 pm
By: News 9

Jamie Oberg, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- We told you yesterday we may soon need a doctor's prescriptions for common cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine. It's all to stop the spread of meth.

Officers said meth is making a comeback as users find ways to get around ID laws to get pseudoephedrine. Now lawmakers are listening to all sides of the issue on what to do to stop meth.

One man recently out of prison for making meth said the prescription idea would do the trick.

"Gonna cost too much for the prescription, gotta have somebody go get it and you won't make as much money," said Robert Tinkle, former meth cook.

Tinkle said he wouldn't be able to afford to make it anymore with the law, adding if he still sold he would move instead.

"Or go to another state until it's outlawed there," Tinkle said.

Thirteen other states are looking at the same law for pseudoephedrine.

Five Oklahoma cities passed ordinances making pseudoephedrine available by prescription only, but Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued an opinion that the cities had exceeded their authority.