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Kentucky state representative advocates meth offender registry

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A Kentucky lawmaker is putting up a new fight against meth.  State Representative Brent Yonts wants to create a meth offender registry.

People with drug convictions would go into the database, and if you're on that list, you wouldn't be allowed to buy medicines that contain pseudoephedrine -- the key ingredient in meth.

Yonts, a Greenville Democrat, says, "This bill gets to the heart of the problem, it deals with criminal behavior, it does not punish law-abiding citizens, it's a common sense middle ground solution to the problem of the scourge of meth that pollutes our society."

But Thomas Loving, the Executive Director of the Kentucky Narcotic Officers' Association, has a different take on the bill.  He says Oklahoma instituted a similar law two years ago and the number of meth labs discovered went from 743 in 2009 to 818 last year and 910 so far this year. 

Loving says the problem is that the people who cook meth don't buy pseudoephedrine themselves.

Kentucky lawmakers have been in a stalemate over whether to make cold and allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine available only by prescription.

The issue is expected to be considered again when lawmakers meet in January.

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