Comments Off on “I see the effects daily.” Recovering Methamphetamine drug offender, Dave Mankin, speaks out about pseudoephedrine

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A proposed bill moves further for consideration in the Hoosier state.

Under this measure, drug offenders will not be able to buy cold medicine with pseudoephedrine. If they do, it could put them back in trouble.

An ingredient that’s commonly found in meth, also found on the labels of many cold medicines at your local pharmacy. We’re talking about pseudoephedrine. A drug, that recovering drug offender Dave Mankin says, he wants off the streets.

“At one time, I was Terre Haute’s most wanted for dealing methamphetamine and marijuana. That was my charges, and to be able to be on this side,” said Mankin.

Mankin has been in recovery for almost 9 years. Under this bill, he won’t be able to purchase cold medicine, with the ingredient without a prescription.

But that doesn’t change his view, he says there needs to be a change. Working at Club Soda in Terre Haute, he sees the effects first hand. That’s why Mankin wants his bill to become a law.

“I see the effects daily. I see the destruction from the family,” said Mankin, “I see the destruction of the whole nine yards. They become a dependent of the state.”

He is nervous for folks who accidently purchase medicine with the ingredient. Mankin told News 10 about a time he went to a local pharmacy with his friend, who needed some cold medicine. She had to sign for some cough syrup, which she did. At the time, they thought she was signing for an insurance purpose. However, Mankin says pseudoephedrine was in the medicine, and that’s what she was signing for. Now, they’re worried her name is on a list some place, that she made the purchase.

That’s just the one concern, Mankin has.

This measure would also require Indiana State Police to add drug offenders to an online database. The system would alert the pharmacy, to stop a sale immediately.

32 states including Indiana are currently using the database to track sales. Mankin says, if it means taking the drugs off the streets, he wants to see changes.

“That is the main thing is to get the drug off the street. Methamphetamine has been horrible for 15 years.”

As the bill moves on in legislation, Mankin hopes law makers keep in mind, “It’s an epidemic, it is an epidemic.”

A similar bill was proposed last year, but failed in the house. This year’s bill is now heading to the full senate for discussion.



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