Grits for Breakfast recently posted on the effect of the Texas anti-meth law on the production of methamphetamine in Texas. Texas Department of Safety officials testified yesterday at a Senate Criminal Justice Committee that restrictions on pseudoephedrine purchases have resulted in a dramatic decline in the production of methamphetamine in Texas. The officials were referring to the state legislature's 2005 bill that implemented a requirement that stores keep pseudophedrine products behind the counter. Meth is a powerful synthetic stimulant that is derived from decongestants such as Sudafed® .
As Grits has previously discused, the true solution to our nation's meth problem remains drug treatment. Drugs courts have worked wonders in South Florida and would probably enjoy similar results if program's like Travis County's S.H.O.R.T. Program were more widespread in Texas.