Supply Side: Effects of Restricting Methamphetamine Precursors in South Central Missouri
Rhoades, Christopher P.
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Methamphetamine use in south central Missouri is a problem. The purpose of this research was to determine if statutory restrictions on precursor drugs had an effect on this problem. Topics included a brief history of methamphetamines, review of the area and the law, and review of the literature on the subject. Methamphetamine incident data and public perception of effectiveness were the dependent variables. The independent variable was Missouri Revised Statute (MRS) 195.417. The year after introduction of the independent variable had the least number of incidents of all years viewed, slightly more than 1 standard deviation below the mean. However, most residents believed state law was neither effective nor ineffective. These results led to the conclusion that there is a disconnect between the perception and actual effects.