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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 02/28/2006
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
OBNDD SPOKESMAN MARK WOODWARD
(405) 521-2885 OR (800) 522-8031




U.S. DRUG CZAR TO VISIT, HONOR OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma's efforts to reduce methamphetamine labs are being recognized by the U.S. Drug Czar. John Walters, Director for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), is scheduled to visit Oklahoma March 8th. Mark Woodward, Spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, says Walters will be honoring those responsible House Bill 2176, a law that has reduced domestic meth production by more than 90%, and has become model meth legislation, nationwide.

"Walters wants to show his admiration to Oklahoma for being the first state to pass a law that has drastically reduced meth labs around the country. House Bill 2176 placed pseudoephedrine tablets, the main ingredient for making meth, behind pharmacy counters. When this law took effect in April of 2004, meth labs started drying up almost overnight. Now, nearly 30 other states have passed versions of our law."

-----Mark Woodward, OBN Spokesman

According to Woodward, House Bill 2176 has also resulted in a drastic decline in meth fires, burn victims, children harmed from meth lab fumes, and meth manufacturing incarceration costs.

"Oklahoma's anti-methamphetamine law has virtually wiped out what had been an epidemic of makeshift meth labs in our states. The full impact of that law, however, has transcended the borders of Oklahoma. State after state has followed our example to implement commonsense measures that clamp down on meth makers. I am proud that Oklahoma has made such a real and lasting difference in the war on meth."

----Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry

Walters is scheduled to hold a press conference with Governor Henry at the State Capitol Blue Room on March 8th at 10:15 a.m.