from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
May 4, 2005
Contact: Terry Franks or Lewis Simmons
(512) 463-0130

Senate committee passes Estes meth bill

AUSTIN -- Legislation by Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) that would put pseudoephedrine tablets behind pharmacy counters was passed Tuesday by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

Pseudoephedrine tablets are essential to the process of making methamphetamine, an illegal drug that Estes calls a "scourge on our families, our communities, our state, and our nation."

Senate Bill 107, the centerpiece of Estes' war on the methamphetamine epidemic, is expected to be considered next week by the full Senate. Meanwhile, he is working with colleagues in the House to pass similar legislation in that chamber. Estes said he has the support of Governor Rick Perry and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst.

"We're following Oklahoma's lead," said Estes, who is tailoring Texas' response to similar legislation passed last year in Oklahoma. He said meth lab busts have dropped about 80 percent in Oklahoma. That has driven meth cooks across the border into Texas where pseudoephedrine tablets are more easily accessible.

"My primary goal is to place some reasonable limits on the accessibility of pseudoephedrine tablets. That will put an axe to the root of this terrible problem," Estes said.

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