JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Law enforcement officials converged on the capitol Tuesday with one message: A meth epidemic is gripping the state.
Governor Haley Barbour agrees that crystal methamphetamine use and manufacture has reached a crisis in the state. Lawmakers are considering house and senate bills that would label pseudoephedrine (the key ingredient in crystal meth) a controlled substance. Officials report 506 meth lab busts in a single year.
Commissioner Stephen Simpson, of the Department of Public Safety, says, "Crystal meth is the most dangerous epidemic drug we have in our state now. The arrest for crystal meth and meth labs exceeded crack cocaine and powder cocaine combined."
The state already requires that medications containing pseudoephedrine are kept behind the counter.