Controlling Methamphetaimine Precursors:
From Policy to Practice

Program Office
Illicit Drugs Research Team
Andrews University,
Institute for Prevention of Addictions

8408 Westwood
Berrien Springs, Michigan 49104-0211
Telephone: 269.471.3558
Facsimile: 269.471.6611

Duane McBride, PhD, Principal Investigator, Andrews University
Jamie Chriqui, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator, The MayaTech Corporation
Jean O'Conner, JD, Co-Investigator, The MayaTech Corporation
Curt VanderWaal, PhD, Co-Investigator, Andrews University
Yvonne Terry-McElrath, Co-Investigator, University of Michigan

Controlling Methamphetamine Precursors: From Policy to Practice is funded by the National Institute of Justice through June 2007.

Data suggest that there has been an increase in the number and geographical distribution of clandestine labs which is related to significant health risks for communities, families, and children. This has resulted in a large number of states attempting to control/restrict access to precursor chemicals used to make methamphetamine in these labs.

Project Objectives
1) To identify, analyze and report on methamphetamine precursor
laws in each of the 50 states plus D.C. as of October 1, 2005. This will provide a comprehensive comparative map of what each state has done to date to address this crucial issue.

2) To assess the continuum of state precursor restrictions (i.e., from strong to weak restrictions) across the states based on the detailed analysis of the state laws.

3) To examine the perceived relationship between the laws in
selected states (sampling along the restrictiveness continuum) from the perspective of law enforcement personnel and others professionals (such as pharmacists) at the state and community level. Perceived relationships will include perceptions of fewer precursor chemicals available, fewer clandestine labs, fewer precursor chemicals at those labs, fewer drug endangered children encountered in the labs, and perceived changes, if any, in precursor and methamphetamine sources (from other states or countries).

3) To explore the association between the restrictiveness of the precursor laws and reductions in methamphetamine-related lab seizures, smaller amounts of precursors at those labs, fewer drug endangered children, etc.

This study will be one of the first to provide a national comparison of recent state laws developed to control methamphetamine precursors; assess the relative continuum of precursor controls at the state level; examine the perceptions of relevant professionals in key states as to the perceived effectiveness of precursor laws; and to explore the relationship between the restrictiveness of state laws and changes in the extent of clandestine labs, precursor chemicals found at those labs, and drug endangered children.