Editor, Times-Union:
Dear Indiana Legislator,
I’m writing because I know you are sincerely concerned about the well-being of the people in our rural communities. During the last session there was legislation proposed that would have required a prescription for the purchase of Pseudoephedrine or Sudafed. It was defeated, in large part, through the efforts of the rich and powerful drug companies. Instead, legislation was passed that required only a signature to purchase the drug. It served as a band aid for a gaping wound.
There is a wealth of research from other states indicating this was not a solution that would have an impact on Meth production in Indiana. At this point in time, it appears to have done nothing to slow the manufacture of Meth in our area and the resulting destruction of human lives.
States that have had the courage to stand up to the drug companies and require a prescription for the purchase of Pseudoephedrine or Sudafed have seen an immediate decrease in Meth production. Take a look at Oregon and see what happened to Meth production when they did what needed to be done.
Tippecanoe Valley Middle School and Tippecanoe Valley High School recently hosted speaker and author David Parnell who survived years of substance abuse, including seven years of Meth use that resulted in an attempt at suicide that nearly took his life. He shared his story with students and staff in a very effective manner. I encourage you to visit his website at www.facingthedragon.org
I recently viewed a story on the news about the rapid increase of babies being born with addictions. How sad for these children that they were born with an addiction to drugs. Many are Meth babies. What does their future hold?
During a recent conversation with Judge Chris Lee of Fulton County he shared that Meth is a huge drain on county resources, whether it be the courts, law enforcement, the Department of Family & Children, Probation, CASA, etc. The list goes on and on.
Those of us who live in rural communities read almost daily of Meth related arrests, crimes, fires, etc. Meth is destroying families. It is destroying the lives of people in our community.
As our elected officials you have the power – you and your colleagues – and the responsibility to do what is right for the people of Indiana.
I respect each of you and believe you truly wish to do what’s best for the people you serve.  I realize this may not be a major issue in Marion County, but it is in many of Indiana’s rural counties. I beg you to make this a priority during the upcoming session. There is a solution if you and other elected officials will stand up and do what’s right for the people of Indiana. Meth is killing our rural communities and the killing must end.
Brett Boggs
Akron, via e-mail