Legislation approved to combat meth spread in Michigan and UP

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - State Senator Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) is busy working from the state's capital to fight the spread of methamphetamine abuse in Michigan and especially here in the U.P.

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"These bills seek to change the laws so that the amount a person can purchase in a month is connected to the amount one can lawfully consume,” explained McBroom.

Sponsored by Sen. McBroom, these bills would place restrictions on the amount of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine a person may purchase per month and per year.

McBroom considered these key ingredients since they are necessary in the manufacturing of the substance.

"This will help in making sure that the amount of excess, those who are making meth... it'll be harder for them to get that extra little bit,” he said.

Furthermore, the bills would limit the amount a person may purchase over the counter from 9 grams to 7.2 grams per month.

It also would cap the amount someone could purchase in a year at 61.2 grams.

Those affected by cold and seasonal allergies shouldn't worry because McBroom reassures his proposed adjusted limits are to their advantage.

However, if a larger dose is needed, McBroom says a prescription may be ordered.

"It's not going to put any sort of really deep, difficult restrictions to deal with for families like mine with the 13 kids,” he explained.

In response to Sen. McBroom’s legislation, local law enforcement agencies believe limiting the purchase would help combat its spread here in Michigan.

"Any tool that helps us combat the problem of meth is welcomed by law enforcement,” said Michigan State Police Detective First Lieutenant, Robert Pernaski

"This definitely would help the problem of them making it themselves,” said Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt.

Senate Bills 170 and 599 advanced to the State House of Representatives for consideration.

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