Nineteen people were charged last week after a coordinated drug bust in Grundy County. Most of the defendants face charges related to distribution of methamphetamine — a drug that has flown below the radar amid the deadly opioid epidemic.
In response, the American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to sue state officials. Last year, more than 900 newborns were dependent on drugs in Tennessee.
Cold medicine would become a little tougher to come by under a law proposed by Governor Bill Haslam on Thursday. But in his effort to crackdown on meth cooks in Tennessee, Haslam is stopping short of what police really want.
Whether or not to mandate prescriptions for cold medicine used to make methamphetamine is a debate being revived in the Tennessee legislature, which reconvenes this week. The latest study suggests lawmakers may have to go with their gut.
In recent months roughly a dozen cities have passed laws to make it harder to get pseudoephedrine.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is gearing up for another push to require prescriptions for cold medicine used to make methamphetamine. One lawmaker is asking the TBI if this is a fight worth having.
State lawmakers are looking for some way to slow methamphetamine production without requiring a prescription for the key ingredient.
With meth lab busts in Tennessee on the rise again, one state lawmaker wants to require prescriptions for the so-called “precursors” found in cold medicine. Pharmacists and drug companies are already lining up to keep pseudoephedrine available over the counter.