STATEHOUSE (Jan. 16, 2013) — State Sen. Carlin Yoder (R-Middlebury) announced he has authored legislation that would arm law enforcement officials and retailers with new tools to combat methamphetamine crime around the state.
Senate Bill 496, which will be heard in the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law on Jan. 22, will strengthen current anti-meth laws and:
“I recognize that we still have a long way to go before we can declare victory in the battle against meth,” Yoder said. “Senate Bill 496 will help our men and women in law enforcement uncover more meth labs, make more arrests and help retailers block attempted illegal purchases of pseudoephedrine products.”
The bill complements the state’s real-time, stop-sale technology, known as the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx), which was developed from a bill Yoder authored in 2011. (SB 503)
Yoder’s legislation is an alternative to the prescription-requirement approach favored by some state and local lawmakers.
“A prescription requirement would force an individual to take time off work, make a doctor’s appointment and drive to the pharmacy to purchase common cold medicines,” Yoder said. “This bill is intended to fight meth in Indiana without going down that route. State leaders need to give law enforcement every tool possible to aggressively target the meth problem without costing innocent Hoosiers extra time and money to get medicine they legitimately need.”