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