Continuation on Methamphetamine

Written by Clarke Kent

Methamphetamine (“Meth”) is an addictive stimulant drug that strongly activates certain areas in the brain. It is chemically related to amphetamine, but the central nervous system effects of Methamphetamine are greater, resulting in a high potential for abuse and addiction. It is known on the street as Meth, Ice, Crystal, Fire, Speed, Chalk, Crank.

Meth has become a tremendous challenge for the entire nation. A clndestime lab has been found in every state across the country. Labs have been found in homes, cars, hotels, storage facilities – these are generally referred to as “small toxic labs.”

A little on the background. Ephedrine (EPH) pseudoephedrine (PSE) and phenylproanolamine (PPA) are precursors of Methamphetamine or Amphetamine, The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act (CMEA) of 2005 was signed into law on March 9, 2006 to regulate, among other things, retail over the counter sales of EPH, PSE and PPA products which are common ingredients found in cold and allergy products.

The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) is committed to working with state and local law enforcement partners to ensure that our streets and neighborhoods are safe and the meth problem is brought to an end. DEA’s focus is to dismantle candestine meth labs and trafficking organizations and to monitor the products that are legally used to produce Meth.

The preventing diversion per the CMEA, retailers must store products containing EPH, PSE, or PPA where consumers do not have direct access to the product, either behind the counter or in a locked cabinet. Prevention diversion involves the coordination of law enforcement officials, retailers and individual consumers.

CMEA Requirements (Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005)

Seller Requirements

*Enforce daily sales and monthly purchase limits
*Store stock behind the counter or in a locked cabinet
*Maintain written or electronic logbook of sales
*Keep logbook for minimum of 2 years after date of sale
*Confirm identification of purchaser

Purchaser Requirements:
*Enter his or her name, address, date & time of sale
*Provide photo I.D. issued by a State or Federal government
*Sign the logbook

LOGBOOK:

*Document products by name
*Quantity sold
*Names & addresses of purchasers
*Date & time of sales

Schedule effective April 8, 2006

The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 established retail sales and purchase transaction limits in grams for scheduled listed chemical products which include pseudoephedrine drug products.

They also dictate daily sales as well as 30-day retail purchase limits per purchase.

Daily is 3.6 grams and monthly 9 grams with the statement it is unlawful for any person to knowingly or intentionally purchase more than 9 grams in a 30 day period.

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