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Oklahoma Anti-Meth Activist Wins Victory Against Pseudoephedrine Sales

  1. buckcamp
    HOLDENVILLE, Oklahoma -- A Claremore anti-meth activist has won a victory. David Starkey has convinced the small Oklahoma town of Holdenville to ban the sale of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the production of meth.

    (photo, left) David Starkey of Claremore stands with a stack of DVDs he is distributing to cities in Oklahoma as part of a campaign to ban allergy medicine that comes in a dry tablet form. He says methamphetamine can be made from the dry tablets.

    Editor's note: Associated Press issued a correction to this story early Monday. The Holdenville city council unanimously passed an ordinance requiring a prescription for the dry tablet form of medicines containing pseudoephedrine. Consumers can still purchase liquid or gel caps without a prescription.

    Starkey says he wants the drug banned as a way to protect innocent victims harmed by meth addiction. He says he hopes other cities also enact the ban.

    Starkey says he can lobby individual communities to pass similar bans, a step the Legislature hasn't taken in its own effort to combat methamphetamine.

    Starkey has the backing of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, which says the ban will slow meth production.

    Posted: May 15, 2011 7:15 PM CDT
    Updated: May 16, 2011 8:50 AM CDT


  1. buckcamp
    HOLDENVILLE, Oklahoma -- Holdenville residents now need a prescription for certain cold medicines, but if one man gets his way, residents will need a prescription no matter where we live.

    One Oklahoman said he found out several states that have passed similar laws requiring prescriptions on common cold medicine have seen a tremendous drop in meth labs. Now he's a mission to do the same in our state.

    June Melton is all too familiar with the growing meth problem in her town. As a mental health counselor, she's seen her share of people affected, including her loved one.

    "Every family in this community has been affected by meth in one way or another, mine included," Melton said. "It messes with their ability to think clearly and irrationally, sometime they become psychotic."

    It's not just a problem in Holdenville-- Oklahoma was the first state to put pseudoephedrine, the medicine used to make meth behind the counter, and now it's federal law.

    Now David Starkey who's spearheading GelCapsStopMeth.com is pushing to make the dry tablet of the cold medicine a prescription by going city to city.

    "This is not a casual drug. This is something that will destroy your life, and we've got to protect our children," Starkey said.

    Similar to a bill that state lawmakers killed this session, it would exclude gel caps or liquid forms of pseudoephedrine. With the help of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotic in drafting the ordinance, Starkey succeeded.

    Holdenville City Council voted to pass the Gel Cap Ordinance, becoming the first city to require a prescription for the over the counter common cold medicine.

    "We're having burglary issues, crimes issues that's directly related to drug use so whatever we can do to put a stop in the community or slow it down, that's what we're going to go after," said Holdenville Police Chief Keith Wardlow.

    Officials and residents said the ordinance is just a small step in the right direction against a drug epidemic.

    "We can stand up to these big forces and say no not in our town and if we do it over and over in the cities, pretty soon Oklahoma can be free of this problem," Melton said.

    Wardlow said he's getting phone calls from police chief in other cities wanting to get on board with this ordinance. The law will go into effect in Holdenville in 30 days.

    An Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesperson said the agency is in support of this ordinance. A similar bill was passed in Oregon and nearly eliminated all the meth labs in that state.

    Posted: May 04, 2011 9:57 PM CDT
    Updated: May 04, 2011 11:40 PM CDT
  2. John895
    Or they could pass laws educating and feeding the poor so they don't become meth addicts or criminals in teh first place.

    But I guess that would be advancing poor african american's socioeconomic status and our bullshit government just cant have that.
  3. trdofbeingtrd
    While I am all for responsible laws. I take pseudophedrine because of my allergies about 4 times a year. It is the only thing I found to really work that is not prescription. The crap they put in allergy medication for over the counter is just freaking terrible. It don't work at all for me. I have no problem giving them my ID so I can buy it. I get one box (the medium one) of just psudoephedrine and don't need another for about 3 to 4 months. Please for the love of pete, stop taking away medications that work for some, unless that is you won't give me shit when I ask 4 times a year for it at the doctors office.......

    Sorry I am in a bad mood, I feel this way, but my personality shows more anger about it......no, it don't. This is only a win for those who don't have severe allergies during season changes, people will still make and get meth, only now it will be more dangerous.
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