Dr. Coburn Comments on Anti-Meth Bill
United States Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today made the following comments regarding pending federal anti-methamphetamine legislation.
"Unfortunately, in Oklahoma, we know the terrible toll methamphetamines place on our society. I support our state's efforts to wipe out this problem and I will oppose any federal legislation that will nullify the gains already made by local officials," Dr. Coburn said.
The bill now before the Senate (S. 103) would preempt the anti-meth laws passed by Oklahoma and other states. Currently, 44 states have either passed some form of legislation restricting access to meth ingredients or are working toward that end.
"Oklahoma and other states have successfully enacted tough anti-meth legislation. We do not need the federal government to step in and impose unproven rules and regulations on our state," Dr. Coburn said.
Oklahoma Congressmen Tom Cole and Dan Boren have introduced legislation in the House that is patterned after Oklahoma's successful anti-meth laws.
"It's my hope the Senate can agree on some form of legislation like that proposed by Congressmen Cole and Boren," Dr. Coburn said.