Tennessee has taken the non-coveted first place spot for nationwide meth use, reports
. Data from the first three months of this year shows that the Volunteer State is in big trouble on the amphetamine front, according to one state cop who's dealt with the fallout.
"This used to be a regional problem," said Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Long. "It started in the upper east and southeast and now has moved across the state, unfortunately."
Law enforcers favor making pseudoephedrine - the popular cold medication that's also used in meth production - prescription-only. But a bill to do just that was recently shelved, and making pseudoephedrine harder to get a hold of is not a popular notion. "There's just not any interest," claimed on Tennessee representative, Republican Tony Shipley of Kingsport. "We may never get to a full prescription, because...I don't think 85 percent of Tennesseans are abusing this."
Via the Tennessean