A legislative panel in North Carolina is considering whether changes should be made to state laws on manufacturing methamphetamine.
The panel is discussing if new laws should be proposed to make it more difficult to manufacture methamphetamine. Part of the proposal would include requiring a prescription for cold medications that contain pseudoephedrine, one of the main ingredients used to make methamphetamine.
The panel is also considering if the state should increase penalties for offenders convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine when children are present.
Current laws in North Carolina include a national database that pharmacies are required to use when they sell cold medicine that contains pseudoephedrine. The national database keeps track of these drug sales and notifies the pharmacy if the person buying the medicine has already purchased a large amount of the drug. Pharmacies are then required to not sell the cold medicine to that person.
While penalties for manufacturing meth with children present is only being considered right now, current laws are still very serious. Individuals charged with manufacturing or distributing an illegal drug may face severe penalties if found guilty. Drug charges can impact an individual's life in many ways, including showing up on an individual's record when applying to a school or job.
Drug charges are very serious. Individuals charged with a drug crime should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to keep their rights protected. An attorney can determine if the allegations and evidence used in the case were obtained legally. If proper police procedures were not followed or if a suspect's rights were violated, the charges may be dropped.
Source: WCNC, "Lawmakers to consider tougher laws on meth in North Carolina," Dec. 12, 2012
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