The changing picture of meth use in Oregon continues to warrant expanded media coverage around the state.
A Eugene Register-Guard article by Rebecca Taylor November 24th explains that while meth labs have “all but disappeared in Lane County since the tightening last year of Oregon’s laws restricting access to pseudoephedrine,…meth addition remains a serious problem in Oregon.”
Rob Bovett, legal counsel for the Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association, says that there encouraging signs, however, that Mexico and other countries are becoming more cooperative in restricting pseudoephedrine.
Beginning in January, Mexico will prohibit the importation of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine, and all use of the precursor chemicles will be banned throughout the country by January of 2009.
The result is a higher street price for meth with the purity going down.
As Bovett points out, this is a golden opportunity to do what we need to do “in terms of prevention, enforcement and treatment.”