Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, will discuss his proposal to improve Kentucky’s system of tracking illegal purchases of pseudoedphedrine on KET’s Kentucky Tonight … tonight at 8 p.m. (eastern).
Yonts will be joined by Major Tony King of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in trying to protect law-abiding Kentuckians the right to purchase all forms of Sudafed and other medicines containing pseudoephedrine over-the-counter.
Bill Goodman hosts the hour-long, award-winning public affairs program, which is replayed at 2 a.m. on Wednesdays.
Rep. Linda Belcher, D-Shepherdsville, and Warren County prosecutor Chris Cohron will argue for more big-government solutions to Kentucky’s methamphetamine problem by promoting a policy that would prohibit the purchase of the the most popular cold and allergy medicines in Kentucky without a prescription.
Promoters of big-government solutions claim the restriction is needed to prevent “smurfing.” But find out what “smurfing” is and how Yonts’ proposed solution targets criminals and protects law-abiding citizens by reading my recent column on the issue, “Smurfers beware: Proposal punishes meth makers, not soccer moms.”
Here’s an excerpt from that column:
“Smurfing” is what meth makers do to get the ingredients needed for their concoctions. They – or others they pay – go from store to store, buying up as much Sudafed as they can get their hands on to use – not to treat colds but to cook drugs.
By limiting the amount of pseudoephedrine products that can be purchased while also restricting anyone convicted of a meth-related crime – “smurfing” included – clear-headed law enforcement officials believe the incentives will be strong to discourage the practice.