Tennessee Meth Legislation Moves Forward

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Updated: 4/17 7:24 pm
CHATTANOOGA,TN, (WDEF)- If you suffer from allergies and need Sudafed products more than 5 months of the year, you may have to get a prescription.

A new Bill headed for Governor Haslam's desk states 28.8 grams per year could be the cut off point for Tennesseans in an effort to curb meth addiction.

Jordan Morrison, Access Family Pharmacy,"Very very dangerous drug very addicting, it can just ravage someone's life, it doesn't take much time"

Morrison added some customers are already  frustrated with current legislation but it does curb addicts and manufacturers.
    
Jordan Morrison, Access Family Pharmacy, "Who have needs that probably aren't feeling that well already  come in they need to get Sudafed and they have all these  hoops to jump through it usually just makes them frustrated"

A Second Bill, 1661, spear headed by an East Tennessee legislator could put meth users if convicted, behind bars for a minimum of 30 days and meth makers for 180.

Rep, Timothy Hill, (R-Blountville),"We want to walk that fine line and keep the balance of protecting law abiding citizens and protecting law abiding allergy sufferers but get tough on the Meth offenders, I feel we really did a good job in this session"

Chattanooga counselors have welcomed the news but say social issues are a main cause of the meth epidemic.

Roger Helle, Teen Challenge of Mid South"We are dealing with the symptom not the real problem, many of these men and women who get onto meth, the meth is an outward manifestation of a deeper problem, the break up of the home, the break up of the family, growing up in dysfunctional families"

Helle says there is a fear that these addicts will turn to something else if Sudafed becomes to difficult to obtain.

"Maybe been arrested maybe been incarcerated that's going to impact some people, other people they are just going to find something else to turn to, because again it's an issue of the heart and the physical addiction rather than which drug they are using"

Last year alone 266 children were taken by Children's Services from Tennessee homes due to meth related incidents.



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