Former Phelps County Sheriff Don Blankenship, Sgt. Jason Grellener and Franklin County Narcotics Investigator and Edgar Springs Police Chief Kody Lucas made an appointment with the Phelps County Commission to educate commissioners on the matter and ask them to pass a health ordinance for Phelps County requiring a prescription to purchase medications containing the substance.


Former Phelps County Sheriff Don Blankenship, Sgt. Jason Grellener and Franklin County Narcotics Investigator and Edgar Springs Police Chief Kody Lucas made an appointment with the Phelps County Commission to educate commissioners on the matter and ask them to pass a health ordinance for Phelps County requiring a prescription to purchase medications containing the substance.

The commissioners had previously been told that they lacked the authority to pass such an ordinance, but the trio of law enforcement officers told them that they can pass it, not as a law enforcement ordinance, but as a health safety ordinance.

Armed with additional information, the request was discussed further at the commission’s meeting, and commissioners are giving it serious consideration.

Examples of methamphetamine labs gone bad and the detrimental effects was only one piece of evidence he brought to convince commissioners that the law he is asking them to pass is a good idea.

He brought statistics to show that the number of methamphetamine labs in Missouri are on the rise and higher than ever before.

He brought statistics to show that two pharmacies in Rolla are in the top 40 pharmacies in the state in pseudoephedrine sales, and he brought statistics to show that states enacting statewide laws similar to the one he is seeking in Phelps County have seen dramatic decreases in methamphetamine labs.

The Missouri state Legislature has had a bill regarding pseudoephedrine sales introduced in the House in the last several legislative sessions, but the bill has never become law.