Arkansas pseudoephedrine bill puts sales decisions in hands of pharmacists

The Arkansas House has passed a pseudoephedrine bill (60-31) that gives pharmacists, not doctors,  the responsibility of deciding which consumers have a medical need for products containing pseudoephedrine. Once the bill becomes law, pseudoephedrine buyers will also be required to present either an Arkansas ID or a military ID to a pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians, under the new law, will no longer be allowed to sell products containing pseudoephedrine to any consumer.  The bill now heads to the Governor Mike Beebe for his final approval.



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Arkansas: The Cornell family meth house

Photo courtesy of Decontamination Professionals International

McRae, Arkansas: Hazel and Clarence Cornell lived in a trailer for a year, after they found out that the home they bought in 2001 had once been used as a meth lab.  Soon after they unknowingly bought the former meth house, health problems began.  Clarence couldn’t breath and “turned white as a sheet”, when something in the house irritated his lungs, which had already been compromised by emphysema. Hazel also had chronic bronchitis. Hazel attributed the respiratory problems to the shampoo they used to clean the rugs in the house.

The Cornells, like most people, didn’t find out that they were living in a meth house, until they started talking to their neighbors. When Hazel began telling their neighbors about the health problems they were having,  she says the neighbor asked her if she knew she was living in a meth lab.  They didn’t. No one had told them, including the realtor.

The couple moved out of the house in to a trailer home on their property, unable to take salvage everything they’d worked so hard to get for 45 years.  Everything in their house was contaminated.  The kitchen sink had green stains in it, stains that Hazel said was leftover meth residue.  The ovens in her kitchen were contaminated too and she worried about that because she baked bread in those ovens. Her suspicions about her house being contaminated were confirmed when test results showed that the amount of meth contamination in their home was 72 times  above the acceptable level of methamphetamine, according to Arkansas health standards. Decontaminating their home would  cost them $50,000, according to an estimate they received.

Arkansas law required the realtor who sold them home to tell them if the home had been used as a meth lab.  The realtor said that no one was ever arrested on meth charges at their home, but the Cornells say that police reports and bench warrants prove that there was.  The Cornell’s decided it was time to let a judge decide and they filed a lawsuit against the realtor in April 2005.

Meth labs in Arkansas showed an increase in 2008,  yet law enforcement seems not to be as aware about meth labs as they should be.  To view the article and video that I posted about the increase in meth labs in Arkansas, click here.

If you know anything of further updates to the Cornell story, please contact me at methlabhomes at gmail dot com


Arkansas Matters

M is for Meth Lab: Missouri ranks #1 for meth lab busts

According to reports that AP obtained  from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the DEA,  when it comes to meth lab busts, no other state even came close to Missouri. During the first quarter of 2009,  reports show that Missouri had over 3 times the amount of meth lab busts than Mississippi, who came in as #2 on the top ten list.  Mississippi was followed by Michigan, 3, Kentucky,4,  Indiana, 5, Illinois, 6, Alabama, 7, Tennessee, 8,  and Arkansas,9.  California came in 10th place with 68 meth lab busts during the months of January, February, and March.

Meth Labs 2009 by State
Source: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Arkansas Senators approve of earlier release for meth offenders

Arkansas Senators have approved a bill that would allow the prison sentences for convicted meth cooks to be reduced for good behavior. Prior to their approval of the measure on Thursday, meth offenders were required to serve 70% of the sentences they were given, under a law passed in 1997. The latest measure taken by Arkansas State Senators would allow [Read more…]

Arkansas Meth Lab Addresses

The U.S. Department of Justice (“the Department”) published these meth addresses as a public service in 2006. The list includes addresses of some locations where law enforcement agencies reported they found chemicals or other items that indicated the presence of either clandestine drug laboratories or dumpsites.

The DOJ and Meth Lab Homes encourages all members of the public to verify the accuracy of all meth lab addresses they have listed by contacting local law enforcement agencies and local health departments. If you think there is an error in their meth lab database [Read more…]

Arkansas needs $1 million dollars to fight meth crimes

June 27, 2008 – Washington– U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 2009, containing $4.7 million in law enforcement priorities for Arkansas. The bill must now be approved by the Senate, which is scheduled for later this year.

“Arkansas has consistently ranked as one of the top 10 states in the U. S. with the highest number of meth-lab seizures. It is also one of the top seven states with the highest percentage of methamphetamine treatment admissions.” – Jim Clark, director of the Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock.

We all want Arkansas’s communities to be as safe as possible. This bill provides the [Read more…]

Police Chief and wife arrested in Lonoke County Arkansas

Police Chief and former narcotics officer, Ronald Jay Campbell was served with an arrest warrant by the Lonoke County Sheriff Jim G. Roberson on charges including manufacturing methamphetamine, hindering prosecution, and burglary and theft. His wife, Kelly Campbell, was also charged with burglary and theft. Kelly Campbell reportedly also made a practice out of bringing home inmates from the city jail for sex and [Read more…]

Paster and school bus driver arrested for meth lab

An Arkansas pastor and his wife, a school bus driver, were sent to prison on Monday for cooking methamphetamine in their home at 2424 S. 26th St, in Rogers, Arkansas . When they go to prison, they will leave behind their 16 year old son.

Joseph Sisneros, 44, had been the pastor of the Fellowship Baptist church, which had been closed. His wife, Barbara Sisneros, 42, was still working as a school bus driver for Rogers Public Schools.

Police discovered a complete meth lab at their home, after following up on their frequent [Read more…]

Meth labs are increasing in Arkansas

Meth labs are increasing in Arkansas in 2008, just like they are in TN. What troubled me about this video is that Sheriff’s department was surprised about it. Law enforcement agencies need to realize that the Combat Meth Act is not the answer to the meth problem in the U.S. It’s a much bigger problem that goes far beyond the boundaries of America. The ingredients needed to make methamphetamine are still available to meth cooks who are being supplied by drug smugglers from Mexico. The Combat Meth Epidemic Act signed in to law by President Bush on March 9, 2006 became effective on September 30, 2006. Although it is a step towards curbing the manufacture of meth, it is just a small step towards combating a much larger problem.