Reichert Touts Importance of Meth-Fighting Provisions in the Patriot Act

Date: March 8, 2006
Location: Washington, DC

Reichert Touts Importance of Meth-Fighting Provisions in the Patriot Act
Provisions restrict distribution of meth's ingredients, provides greater federal penalties for trafficking

Washington, DC - Rep. Dave Reichert (WA-08) today stressed the importance of the PATRIOT Act's methamphetamine provisions to local law enforcement officials as they combat the scourge of methamphetamine labs and abuse in their communities. The House passed the USA PATRIOT and Terrorism Prevention Reauthorization Act last night.

"I've been on the front lines of the fight against meth since I was Sheriff of King County. I've taken that experience and used it in Congress to provide strong tools for local officials as they wage the fight against meth in their communities. My focus on meth in Congress brought Rep. Mark Souder to the district to talk about the meth problem. Mark and I worked on some of the provisions included in this bill following that visit," Reichert explained.

Rep. Reichert continued, "Meth doesn't just harm those who abuse it, but also their families and the communities where they live. The effects are far-reaching and include higher incidents of identity theft, increased instances of child abuse and often the release of toxic waste down household drains and of poisonous gasses into the air. Additionally, due to the highly flammable nature of the substances used to produce it, meth labs pose a clear danger to police when they discover them."

Rep. Reichert concluded, "One of the areas where meth is most widely available is in the Pacific Northwest. While Washington State has made great strides in our fight against meth, we cannot lessen our focus on or dedication to removing meth from our communities. This bill, which is the first major piece of federal legislation passed to address the meth issue, provides greater restrictions on the substances used to make meth—including putting them behind the counter—as well as increased monitoring of those substances, greater federal penalties for the drug's traffickers and smugglers and those who make or sell it near children."