FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, March 9, 2006
Jennifer de Vallance, ONDCP
PRESIDENT BUSH SIGNS USA PATRIOT
Anti-Meth Provisions Take Aim
Methamphetamine Production, Trafficking, Use
President Bush signed legislation making the USA PATRIOT
Act Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 law. The
law includes important provisions to strengthen Federal,
state, and local efforts to combat the spread of
methamphetamine, which has affected communities across
The Bush Administration
has strongly supported the development of Federal
legislation to combat methamphetamine production,
trafficking, and abuse, including restrictions on the
precursor chemicals required to make methamphetamine.
Last August, the Bush
Administration announced a comprehensive strategy
involving the Department of Justice, the Department of
Health and Human Services, and the Office of National
Drug Control Policy, working in conjunction with state
and local officials, to combat methamphetamine
production, trafficking and abuse. The Administration's
efforts are focused on four core areas: prevention and
treatment; law enforcement; education; and management of
the drug's unique consequences.
Immediately following his
participation in today's signing ceremony, the U.S. Drug
Czar, John Walters, said, "We thank Congress for passing
this important legislation. Meth is a loathsome drug,
poisoning both users and the communities in which it is
manufactured. The action taken today will help close the
spigot on domestic meth production, and give us new
tools to protect our nation from international meth
Methamphetamine Act contained in the reauthorization
legislation generally adopts the principles urged upon
Congress by Attorney General Gonzales, Secretary
Leavitt, and Director Walters in August 2005, in that it
eliminates the blister pack exemption for record-keeping
of products containing pseudoephedrine, better controls
the "domestic spot market" for pseudoephedrine and
similar chemicals by imposing a 15-day restriction
period on importers when the ultimate recipient of the
sale changes after the shipment enters the United
States, and imposes a domestic 3.6 gram per-day,
per-customer limitation on the retail sale of these
Key anti-meth provisions
in the legislation include:
- Restricts The
Sale Of Necessary Ingredients To Make Methamphetamine.
- Restricts the sale
of medicines containing pseudoephedrine, ephedrine,
and phenylpropanolamine (PPA) by placing them behind
the counter, requiring purchasers to show
identification, and limiting how much one person can
buy to 9 grams a month and 3.6 grams in a single
- Products must be
sold in blister packs, each of which may contain a
maximum of two dosage units.
- Creates New
DEA Classification For Methamphetamine Precursors.
- Creates a new meth
precursor Scheduled Listed Chemicals Section in the
Controlled Substances Act, which imposes tougher
penalties for meth cooks.
- Gives the Attorney
General the authority to establish production quotas
for precursor chemicals.
Critical Resources To Local Law Enforcement And State
And Local Governments.
- Authorizes an
additional $99,000,000 per year for the next five
years under the Meth Hot Spots program to train
state and local law enforcement to investigate and
lock-up methamphetamine offenders.
International Enforcement of Methamphetamine
- Requires the State
Department to identify the five largest exporting,
and five largest importing countries of these
chemicals, and conduct an analysis of worldwide
production versus legitimate demand, followed by a
plan, submitted to Congress, to reduce diversion of
- Also requires the
State Department to take certain actions to prevent
the smuggling of methamphetamine into the United
States from Mexico, including bilateral efforts at
the U.S.-Mexico border and providing equipment and
- Authorizes $4
million to prevent the smuggling of methamphetamine
Services For Children Affected By The Spread Of
$20,000,000 in grant funding in 2006 and 2007 for
Drug Endangered Children rapid response teams to
promote collaboration among Federal, state, and
local agencies to assist children affected by the
production of methamphetamine.
Environmental Regulation Of Methamphetamine
- Requires reports to
Congress by the Department of Transportation and the
Environmental Protection Agency regarding
by-products of methamphetamine production.
Criminal Penalties For Methamphetamine Production And
- Increases penalties
for smuggling methamphetamine or precursor chemicals
in specified areas.
- Reduces the
threshold under which methamphetamine traffickers
qualify, for prosecution purposes, as "Kingpins,"
and provides that Kingpins of "Continuing Criminal
Enterprises" will be subject to life imprisonment
for a reduced threshold amount of methamphetamine
and profits from the drug.
- Provides that
offenders who manufacture methamphetamine at a
location where a child resides or is present could
be eligible for a consecutive sentence of up to 20
additional years of imprisonment.
Methamphetamine Use By Pregnant And Parenting Women
- Awards competitive
3-year grants to address the use of methamphetamine
among pregnant and parenting women offenders to
promote public safety, public health, family
permanence, and well being.