President Bush signed into law a bill that calls on pharmacies to use electronic logbook systems to monitor sales of methamphetamine chemicals, in an effort to identify people who are illegally stockpiling those chemicals.
Sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the Methamphetamine Production Prevention Act of 2008 specifically requires retail sellers of listed chemicals to use an electronic logbook or a bound paper book to obtain required information for sales of listed chemicals. In addition, sellers and purchasers of these chemicals must verify the accuracy of information recorded in these books.
The electronic logbooks will be a great help to local law enforcement and businesses so they can better track and arrest those providing false information or going store to store, city to city, or even state to state in order to get meth ingredients, said Grassley, whos the ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee.
Certain chemicals that are necessary to produce methamphetamine are readily available in household products or over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines. Current law restricts the amount of these products that can be purchased at one time by a single person.
The new law arose out of a concern that some meth producers have been able to get around current restrictions by purchasing illegal amounts of meth precursor products by traveling to multiple pharmacies and buying small quantities at each pharmacy, according to a written statement from Durbin.