Governor Mike Rounds, of South Dakota, fought for laws to be changed regarding Meth. He believed that laws were needed to control the sale of pseudoephedrine, an over the counter medication used in the manufacture of Meth.
In 2006, laws changed in his state and many states followed the same trend. In Utah, similar laws apply. No one customer can purchase more than two packages of medication that contains pseudoephedrine, in one purchase.
Pseudoephedrine base and ephedrine base are limited to sale in the quantities of nine grams, within thirty days. This is regardless of the product, mixture, or preparation.
Laws in Utah called for the removal of all over the counter pseudoephedrine products from the store shelves, to be placed behind the pharmacy counter. Customers wishing to purchase such products as nasal decongestants containing the drug, must request it, present identification, and sign for it, at the pharmacy counter.
All of these laws regarding pseudoephedrine were designed to deter meth production in clandestine meth labs across the country. While the numbers of meth labs discovered and cleaned out have dropped dramatically, it seems that this success came with an additional challenge, as Mexico has begun importing large amounts of meth, to meet the resulting demand.
Meth laws involving its use, manufacture, and distribution are very strict. And when children are endangered by the presence of meth or meth production in their homes, it is an additional chargeable crime. While meth laws have brought down the production of meth in the United States, the fight to control it and eliminate it is far from over.