WASHINGTON, May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) today applauded Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for signing into law House Bill 2941—an anti-meth bill authored by Representative David Derby and Senator Rick Brinkley that will finally make Oklahoma's pseudoephedrine (PSE) blocking technology work across state lines. In a process much like a credit card transaction, retailers will not only be able to block unlawful in-state purchases but also attempted purchases by criminals traveling from other states. Law enforcement officials, in turn, will gain an enhanced ability to track cross-border illegal activity and criminal trends. Oklahoma now joins 21 others states that have this capability.
HB 2941 also ensures that Oklahoma's improved tracking system is fully on line with the state's meth offender registry, which blocks purchases by individuals with certain drug offenses on their criminal record for ten years.
"For several months, Oklahoma lawmakers and other state leaders engaged in a spirited debate over the best policy solutions to curb methamphetamine production and abuse in the state. Despite differences in opinion, both sides are committed to making significant strides against this terrible drug that affects so many Oklahoma families and communities," said Scott M. Melville, president and chief executive officer of CHPA.
"Ultimately, Oklahoma lawmakers chose the right solution that provides law enforcement officials and retailers with more effective tools to stop meth-related crime. The law will also ensure that the basic rights of law-abiding Oklahomans, including their access to popular and reliable cold and allergy medicines, are protected. Representative Derby and Senator Brinkley have demonstrated consistent leadership and policy expertise throughout this process and are to be commended for their commitment to these critical issues."
SOURCE Consumer Healthcare Products Association