Fight Meth with smart rules, not overreaching laws

To the Editor:
Government regulation can take many forms. Actions such as new fees or legislation restricting what products Oklahoman’s can buy are two such examples.
In recent years, there has been a push for the latter, a call from some to require a prescription for pseudo-ephedrine (PSE) products, in the name of fighting meth. Thankfully, legislators, such as Rep. David Derby, R-Owasso, and Sen. Rick Brinkley, R-Owasso, from northeast Oklahoma stood up for the rights of our citizens and instead implemented targeted tough, but fair, legislation that made it significantly harder for meth criminals to obtain PSE to turn into meth and the results have been incredible.
Since implementing anti-meth legislation in 2012, Oklahoma has seen a 79 percent reduction in meth lab seizures. These laws demonstrate that we can fight some of the most troubling problems in our state, not with overreaching laws that burden law-abiding citizens, but with smart rules that focus on the source of the problem.
Americans for Prosperity Oklahoma commends our Legislature for their success on the meth issue and I hope that going forward our state government representatives use the same nuance to tackle the issues that most affect our state.
Sincerely, Hannah Morris
Americans for Prosperity Oklahoma Field Director
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