Oklahoma Cracks Down on Meth Production


Tuesday, July 7th 2009, 3:00 pm
By: News 9


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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is trying to curb the use of pseudoephedrine to make methamphetamine.

Newly-enacted legislation requires a birth date, in addition to full name and a state-issued identification number for purchasing pseudoephedrine at pharmacies. 

The birth date requirement will help eliminate sales to individuals using fake or multiple identification cards to purchase more pseudoephedrine than state law allows, bureau Spokesman Mark Woodward said.

In 2006, Oklahoma was the first state to track pseudoephedrine sales electronically in real time. The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is in the processes of using federal grant money to modify the computer tracking system. 

The upgrades will allow access for all of Oklahoma's law enforcement agencies to track, investigate, and prosecute those obtaining pseudoephedrine to manufacture methamphetamine.