Senator Jim Talent is touting a new federal law he helped sponsor that he expects will cut down by 70 percent the amount of methamphetamine nationwide. The Combat Meth Act would put restrictions on the sale of meth-making items, such as some cold medicines with pseudoephedrine. It’s based on similar laws here in Missouri and in Oklahoma. But the new law might have the unintended consequence of forcing more Mexican Meth, a more dangerous form of the deadly drug, onto US streets. Talent says that has been anticipated. Talent says this new law has provisions requiring the State Department to work with foreign governments to stop the flow of meth from other countries as well as measures that trace large shipments of pseudoephedrine.
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