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Texas Tech Law Review
COMMENT: THE COMBAT METHAMPHETAMINE EPIDEMIC ACT: NEW PROTECTION OR NEW INTRUSION?
39 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 379
by Patricia Stanley
"'These paranoid, delusional, homicidal meth cooks must be told that they cannot come to Texas to obtain pseudoephedrine and cook this drug,'" said Texas Senator Craig Estes of Senate District 30. 1 "'If we do not act now, we wait for a peace officer in Texas to be murdered and we can count on Texas becoming the meth capital of the United States.'" 2 Estes spoke these words regarding bills passed in 2005. 3 The new laws, aimed at the control of methamphetamine (meth), are the result of bipartisan panic regarding the overall effects of rising meth use. 4
Meth is addictive, and many consider it to be a dangerous substance that plagues our communities. 5 Law enforcement at the federal and state levels has escalated efforts to curb meth production on the belief that the manufacture and use of meth places addicts and communities in danger. 6 Responding to the perceived meth crisis, elected officials are attempting to legislate criminal drug producers out of business by creating laws that have put common cold and allergy remedies out of the trouble-free reach of noncriminal consumers. 7 Legislators have done this because many cold and allergy medications (over 300 products) can be used in the production of meth. 8
The Combat Meth Act of 2005 (Act)-the predecessor bill that influenced the enacted Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 (Epidemic Act) -was introduced in the U.S. Senate in January of 2005. 9 This Act ...
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