Fighting meth in Alabama has always been an issue in the mind of many in our state legislature. Thankfully, in 2011, our state passed comprehensive anti-meth laws that have reduced the amount of meth lab seizures in our state by 79 percent.

We were able to accomplish this, not by requiring a prescription for all law-abiding Alabamians to get pseudophedrine, but instead creating a meth offender block list. This law requires criminals previously convicted of a meth offence to get a prescription for pseudoephrine products.

We were able to greatly cut down on the number of meth lab seizures, and maintain access to cold medicine—pseudoephrine—for law-abiding citizens. Alabamians certainly need access to allergy medication. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Birmingham is the 17th worst location in America for spring allergies.

Alabama is a leader in the nation in our fight against meth and our state is better for it. As legislators, we must remember this fact and continue to allow law-abiding citizens access to pseudoephrine over the counter.

Sen. Tom Whatley


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