Pittsburg Police Chief addresses Meth Production - KOAM TV 7

Pittsburg Police Chief addresses Meth Production

July 22, 2014:  Pittsburg Commissioners approve an ordinance to regulate the sell of ephedrine and pseudoepdrine containing products. 

Pharmacy's in the city limits will be prohibited from selling the the products to customers without a prescription. 

The penalty for not following the ordinance is a class A violation.  

June 24, 2014: In May of 2014, the Pittsburg Police Department surveyed area pharmacies on the sale of pseudoephedrine drugs.

"I actually believe people have been coming to Pittsburg for quite a long to buy pseudo based products for methamphetamine production," said Mindy Hulvey Pittsburg's Police Chief.

On Tuesday a study session was held before the city's bi-weekly commission meeting. Chief Hulvey gave a presentation outlining reasons; the city should adopt an ordinance that would limit the access to pseudoephedrine drugs.

Dr. Sullivan is the owner of Lindburg's Pharmacy in Pittsburg, he participated in the survey. Sullivan only sells medications with pseudoephedrine medications to regular customers.

"You know unfortunately at times it might have detoured legitimate sells, but we feel also it's kind of a deterrent for some illegitimate sells," said Dr. Sullivan.

In Kansas the purchase of medication containing pseudoephedrine drugs is monitored.

Chief Hulvey is asking for an ordinance to be passed that would require individuals to have a prescription to purchase medications containing pseudoephedrine.

Several cities in Crawford and Cherokee County already have similar restriction.

"So were kind of out on an island by ourselves which is something we don't want to see," said Sullivan.

"I think it's a step in the right direction. I think that's what we're trying to be more aggressive to combat this problem we have here," said Chief Hulvey.

An ordinance could be on the agenda at the next commission meeting for approval.

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