State meth bills positive steps in combating menace

Legislation introduced by Michigan House Rep. John Kivela, D-Marquette, would make it illegal to sell products with pseudoephedrine in them to people with drug felony convictions without a valid prescription.

Kivela’s bill was part of a bi-partisan package of bills aimed at making it more difficult for those looking to make methamphetamine to find the ingredients they need.

The bills would also make it illegal for someone allowed to purchase the drug to buy it and give it to someone else, knowing that the drug would be used to make meth.

We strongly support these measures, as we continue to see the meth problem in Marquette County, and indeed, across the Upper Peninsula, grow seemingly out of control.

The Marquette City Police Department released a statement Friday that noted 11 meth dump sites had been discovered within city limits this year alone. And those are just the ones we know about.

Meth is a highly addictive and incredibly dangerous drug. It’s extremely explosive when its being made, a fact some area residents have realized first hand after being severely burned by a meth-cook gone bad.

But not even the danger of third-degree burns stops meth users from cooking this drug, something Kivela noted during a recent taping of WNMU-TV13’s Media Meet, which aired at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s such a devastating, addictive disease right now,” Kivela said. “It’s so powerfully addictive that once someone is on it they won’t stop. They absolutely won’t stop.”

Though it’s difficult to get people to stop using meth, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.

We applaud Kivela, and his fellow legislators, in attempting to curb the threat that is methamphetamine in our local communities.

We hope these bills pass, and soon, so our law enforcement agencies can have another tool in the battle with this deadly drug.