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News Release [printer friendly page]
March 9, 2006

Key anti-meth provisions in the legislation include:

  • Restricts The Sale Of Necessary Ingredients To Make Methamphetamine.
    • Restricts the sale of medicines containing pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine (PPA) by placing them behind the counter, requiring purchasers to show identification, and limiting how much one person can buy to 9 grams a month and 3.6 grams in a single day.
    • Products must be sold in blister packs, each of which may contain a maximum of two dosage units.
  • Creates New DEA Classification For Methamphetamine Precursors.
    • Creates a new meth precursor Scheduled Listed Chemicals Section in the Controlled Substances Act, which imposes tougher penalties for meth cooks.
    • Gives the Attorney General the authority to establish production quotas for precursor chemicals.
  • Provides Critical Resources To Local Law Enforcement And State And Local Governments.
    • Authorizes an additional $99,000,000 per year for the next five years under the Meth Hot Spots program to train state and local law enforcement to investigate and lock-up methamphetamine offenders.
  • Enhances International Enforcement of Methamphetamine Trafficking.
    • Requires the State Department to identify the five largest exporting, and five largest importing countries of these chemicals, and conduct an analysis of worldwide production versus legitimate demand, followed by a plan, submitted to Congress, to reduce diversion of these chemicals.
    • Also requires the State Department to take certain actions to prevent the smuggling of methamphetamine into the United States from Mexico, including bilateral efforts at the U.S.-Mexico border and providing equipment and technical assistance.
    • Authorizes $4 million to prevent the smuggling of methamphetamine from Mexico.
  • Provides Services For Children Affected By The Spread Of Methamphetamine.
    • Authorizes $20,000,000 in grant funding in 2006 and 2007 for Drug Endangered Children rapid response teams to promote collaboration among Federal, state, and local agencies to assist children affected by the production of methamphetamine.
  • Enhances Environmental Regulation Of Methamphetamine By-products.
    • Requires reports to Congress by the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency regarding by-products of methamphetamine production.
  • Enhances Criminal Penalties For Methamphetamine Production And Trafficking.</DI! v
    • Increases penalties for smuggling methamphetamine or precursor chemicals in specified areas.
    • Reduces the threshold under which methamphetamine traffickers qualify, for prosecution purposes, as "Kingpins," and provides that Kingpins of "Continuing Criminal Enterprises" will be subject to life imprisonment for a reduced threshold amount of methamphetamine and profits from the drug.
    • Provides that offenders who manufacture methamphetamine at a location where a child resides or is present could be eligible for a consecutive sentence of up to 20 additional years of imprisonment.
  • Addresses Methamphetamine Use By Pregnant And Parenting Women Offenders.
    • Awards competitive 3-year grants to address the use of methamphetamine among pregnant and parenting women offenders to promote public safety, public health, family permanence, and well being.
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