For Immediate Release: April 17, 2012
Sen. Rick Brinkley
Senate approves anti-meth bill
Legislation to target meth manufacturers without
limiting consumer access to medicines has been approved by the
Senate. House Bill 2941, authored by Rep. David Derby and Sen.
Brinkley, was approved Tuesday by a vote of 46-1.
Brinkley said the proposal is a way to fight meth addiction in
Oklahoma without burdening law-abiding citizens by forcing them
to get a prescription for safe, effective cold and allergy relief
like Claritin or Advil Cold and Sinus.
“The tragedy of meth addiction in Oklahoma demands a strong
legislative response,” said Brinkley, R-Owasso. “This
bill provides us with a way to fight meth production in a way
that protects the rights of law-abiding citizens. It provides
law enforcement with powerful tools to combat meth manufacturers
and empowers pharmacists to prevent illegal sales.”
HB 2941 enhances Oklahoma’s real-time electronic blocking
system, ensuring it is online with other states which use the
technology to limit the sale of pseudoephedrine. The bill also
limits over-the-counter purchases of pseudoephedrine to 7.2 grams
per month – the recommended therapeutic dosage, and would
institute a 72-hour purchase block for those who exceed the daily
Rep. Derby said he was pleased to see the measure advance with
“House Bill 2941 is the toughest meth bill in the nation
and it is the toughest without impeding access to law abiding
citizens,” said Derby, R-Owasso.