Local retailers will have until July 1 to adhere to new guidelines set forth by a city ordinance designed to curb the usage and manufacture of methamphetamine in Brazil and the surrounding area.
Members of the Brazil City Council voted to pass Ordinance 6-2005, sponsored by Second Ward Councilman Marty Beas-ley, but Mayor Tom Arthur suggested delaying its effective date. He said there are a lot of changes and regulations for business owners to attend to, and suggested the later date in order to give them enough time to be in compliance.
The ordinance establishes limits on the sales of products containing ephe-drine, pseudoephedrine and phenylpropanolamine, ingredients found in methamphetamine.
The ordinance states that Southwestern Indiana in general and Brazil specifically have become known to narcotics officers and drug enforcement agents for its high incidence of illicit manufacture, sale and use of methamphetamine. An increase in the sales, theft and possession of over-the-counter products containing these ingredients has increased. Placing restrictions on these products and reducing casual accessibility will facilitate the tracking and eventual capture of manufacturers and improve the effectiveness of law enforcement and the prevention of drug abuse and resulting crime.
Once the ordinance goes into effect, retailers will be required to obtain city permits to sell ephedrine-containing products to consumers and prominently display them. Store employees must obtain picture identification that includes a current address from customers, who must be 18 years old to purchase these products. The information will be recorded and a copy of the report will be forwarded to the Brazil Police Department at the end of each calendar month. No more than two packages of products containing ephe-drine may be purchased in a single transaction, and a customer may not purchase or acquire more than two packages of products containing ephedrine within a seven-day period.
The ordinance does not apply to prescriptions written by a licensed physician or pharmacists filling those prescriptions.