Politics
4:35 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Beshear, Others to Launch Campaign Against Smurfs (the Drug Kind)

There's nothing magical about Kentucky's smurfs, state leaders say.

Gov. Steve Beshear and State Sen. Robert Stivers -- a contender for senate president --  will help unveil an "anti-smurfing" campaign with the CHPA today. The campaign will include signs that pharmacies have the option to display, warning people to not buy pseudeoephedrine products to sell to others who want to make meth.

In drug culture, a "smurf" is someone who buys pseudoephedrine for someone else with the intent it will be used for meth.

Pseudeoephedrine is a key ingredient in methamphetamine production, which is why lawmakers sought to limit the amount people can buy. It is also used in most cold medicines. 

For the past two years, the Consumer Health Products Association has actively campaigned against state laws that limit the amount of pseudoephedrine one can buy.

And while a law still passed limiting monthly amounts to seven grams, the CHPA is now teaming up with the governor and one of their main rivals for the "anti-smurfing" education campaign.With the Kentucky Retail Federation and Kentucky Pharmacists Association also involved, pharmacies will soon be sent the educational posters for display.