New reports from Missouri law enforcement agencies are revealing alarming
trends about methamphetamine production – its becoming increasingly
common in St. Louis. In fact, officials are saying that meth labs –
referring to the places where
methamphetamine is "cooked" – are moving from the state's rural areas
to more urban locations. St. Louis City and St. Louis County are seeing
a dramatic increase in rates of meth manufacturing.
What's the reason for higher numbers and this meth migration? According
to state officials, it is because many communities in St. Louis County
have yet to pass laws that make
pseudoephedrine – the key component used to make meth – available by prescription only.
Currently, pseudoephedrine is regulated under Missouri law. For example,
retailers are prohibited from selling more than 9 grams of pseudoephedrine
products within a 30-day period and more than 3.6 grams of pseudoephedrine
products within 24 hours. These regulations are meant specifically to
reduce the likelihood of individuals purchasing large amounts of medications
in order to manufacture meth.
While these laws have helped curb methamphetamine production, many jurisdictions
are going further by requiring any product containing pseudoephedrine
to be sold as a prescription medication. In Missouri, 70 communities have
prescription pseudoephedrine laws and have seen significant reductions
in meth production. In St. Louis County, there are only a few cities with
pseudoephedrine prescription laws.
Because law enforcement officers throughout the country are intent on eradicating
methamphetamines, it is highly possible that more prescription pseudoephedrine
laws will pass. Regardless of what happens in the future, however, local
residents should still be aware that they can face criminal allegations
for possessing excessive amounts of pseudoephedrine. Depending on the
circumstances, other drug crime charges may be involved, including the
manufacturing of methamphetamine.
If you or your loved one has recently been arrested and charged for a crime
related to methamphetamine or pseudoephedrine, a St. Louis drug crime
attorney from The Hammer Law Firm, LLC is prepared to review your case
and discuss your defense. Learn more about the ways in which an experienced
criminal defense lawyer in St. Louis can help by