A state Senate committee today may consider a bill creating a Michigan methamphetamine abuse registry.
Under the proposal from Senate Republican John Proos of St. Joseph, anyone convicted of a meth related crime would be required to get a prescription before being allowed to buy any simple cold medicine that contains pseudoephedrine.
Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in making meth.
There are already caps on the amount that any person is allowed to buy over a certain period. Southwest Michigan has over the years been a particular hot spot for illegal meth labs, and Proos says that in 2012 Kalamazoo County had the highest incidence of individuals trying to purchase excessive amounts of pseudoephedrine.
Overall in 2012, police seized 325 meth labs in the state, according to a report from the Michigan State Police.
Proos has also sponsored bills cracking down on people who buy pseudoephedrine for others.
Violators could face up to ten years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. The bills are before the Senate Judiciary Committee.