On July 1st, 2006, Oregon became the first state to implement a prescription-only law for obtaining PSE. Immediately, smurfing in Oregon ended and the number of meth labs in the state plummeted. Since the law went into effect, the number of meth labs in Oregon has been 22 in 2007, 21 in 2008, and 10 in 2009. Since 2004, this represents a drop of nearly 98%. That is a staggering level of success.As of last month, Missouri law enforcement had unearthed 1,400 meth labs across the state.
But what is most remarkable is that this decrease has been achieved at the same time that other states have experienced sharp spikes in the number of meth labs. In 2009, Missouri lead the nation with 1774 labs. It is significant to note that the number of meth labs is also up sharply in the three states that use the state-of-the-art electronic tracking and "stop sales" system to restrict PSE purchases. Quite bluntly, that system is a failure. Oklahoma had 743 meth labs in 2009. Kentucky had 741 labs. And Arkansas had 643. Again, Oregon had only 10.
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