WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday applauded Tennessee state Rep. Tony Shipley, R-Kingsport, after his legislation — H.B. 1257 — passed out of the Tennessee House of Representatives. The bill, which passed the Senate last week, would implement a real-time, drug offender block list in Tennessee.
The measure now heads to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam for his signature.
Representative Shipley's real-time, drug-offender block list would work in tandem with the state's pseudoephedrine electronic tracking system to bar all drug felons from purchasing pseudoephedrine-based medicines without a doctor's prescription for 10 years. While Tennessee already uses a similar meth offender registry, Shipley's legislation would implement enhancements to the system to ensure that more criminals are blocked.
"Representative Shipley's bill would immediately provide Tennessee law enforcement officials and retailers with a tool that is proven to stop meth crime before it happens," stated Carlos Gutierrez, senior director and head of state government affairs for CHPA. "Oklahoma and Alabama recently adopted similar legislation and both states have seen significant progress against meth lab incidents. In Oklahoma, they've experienced a decline of more than 50%, and it is our hope that Tennessee will soon experience similar declines," he said. "CHPA continues to believe that Tennessee can make significant progress in the war against meth by passing solutions that target criminals, not law-abiding citizens. Representative Shipley's legislation is an important example of that standard."