In an effort to combat the growing number of methamphetamine labs in the area, Assemblyman Bill Magee (D-Nelson) sponsored legislation to restrict the sale of over-the-counter methamphetamine precursor drugs (A.8384-C). Recently, 24 individuals were indicted in connection with a major methamphetamine manufacture and distribution investigation centered in Madison, Oneida and Oswego counties.i
“I’m dedicated to keeping our communities safe and healthy,” said Assemblyman Magee. “These substances present an immediate threat to our young adults and the public at large.”
Currently, New York’s laws regarding methamphetamine don’t limit the amount of over-the-counter precursors (the other drugs that are used to make methamphetamine) a person can buy each month. This legislation would require the individual purchasing the drugs to present photo identification to the retailer before the purchase. The ID would then be electronically submitted to the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) before the sale. If a person has surpassed their limit that month, the sale would be denied. It also requires all drugs be displayed behind the checkout counter and only be sold by a pharmacist, pharmacy, tech or pharmacy clerk.
According to authorities, some of the 24 people who were most recently indicted purchased thousands of pills over the last two to three years and received even more from people they sent out to buy pills for them, Assemblyman Magee noted.
“If such a database existed already, these criminals could have been prevented from purchasing thousands of pills over time, and this situation could have been avoided,” said Assemblyman Magee. “This legislation is needed to help put a stop to methamphetamine production.”
In the past three years, more than 30 labs have been found in Madison, Oneida and Oswego counties, according to the state police unit that investigates methamphetamine labs.ii The NPLEx system has already been implemented by 19 states and may reach 25 by the end of the year.
In a continuing effort to combat drug abuse and to keep local families healthy and safe, Assemblyman Magee also co-sponsored I-STOP legislation, which would create a real-time database for prescription-drug monitoring that would allow physicians and pharmacists to check before dispensing certain drugs. This legislation has the support of the Assembly, Senate, governor and attorney general.