Lubbock's Meth ordinance is now a state law. On Wednesday Governor Rick Perry signed a bill that requires pharmacies to put cold medicine containing psuedo-ephedrine behind the counter. It’s a practice that first began right here in Lubbock.
Texans will now follow a process Lubbock residents already know. When you come to a drug store you'll have to write down your name and address and the amount of psuedo-ephdrine you're buying.
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For the past few months, pseudo-ephedra products, such as Sudafed, have been kept behind the counter. You also have to fill out a log with what you buy and how much.
The lock and key method started in Lubbock. Governor Rick Perry signed a similar statewide Meth ordinance on Wednesday. Meaning all cities in Texas will have to follow a similar set of rules.
NewsChannel 11 broke the news to Ashley Morales. "Wow! I really didn't think Lubbock was big enough to start anything like that."
Lubbock City Councilman Tom Martin shares Morales' enthusiasm. "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I'm happy the state legislature chose to write a state law."
"She thought she would try Meth and her life is ruined.” For personal reasons, Jake’s Sports Cafe Owner, Scott Stephenson, hopes a statewide ordinance will slow the growing problem.
"If it'll keep my neighbor's house from blowing up because it's a Meth lab, I think it's a good idea," says Stephenson.
Here in Lubbock pharmacies and drug stores, the Meth ordinance age limit is 18 and you're allotted three packages. However, statewide the age limit will be dropped to 16 and you'll only be able to buy two packages.
The ordinance likely won't stop Meth activity. "I personally have friends who are doing things like that and I think it'll be harder for them to get to it and they'd possibly stop," Ashley says.
The state's law looks very similar to Lubbock’s Meth ordinance. Except under the state law protective service workers have the right to immediately remove a child from a Meth lab.
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