Parsons sees decrease in meth busts

Parsons, Kansas police report a decline in the number of meth busts in recent years. Some police and city leaders say it’s due to a city ordinance.

In 2011 there were 30 methamphetamine cases in Parsons. That year voters approved a city ordinance forbidding the sale of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine without a prescription. Both can be used to make meth.

In 2012 there were only nine meth cases.

“I really do believe this ordinance has really helped the city of Parson,” says Parsons Police Chief Scott Gofourth.

“I think that’s wonderful,” says Parsons resident Suzy Hurt. “I think it’s a good thing if that’s what they are using to make it with.”

One inconvenience – the cost of seeing a doctor.

“That would be inconvenient, but I have to say that that’s a small inconvenience to consider when the other tragic aspects of the hazards of the methamphetamine cook,” says Chief Gofourth.

“One has to see the impact of it – methamphetamine – on the children, that’s where I come in the picture,” says Dr. Manish Dixit of Parsons. “We see it all the time – once the parents are exposed to methamphetamine they do not provide the optimum care.”

“We are seeing the house fires, the people that are brunt, the children that are exposed and all those things,” says Chief Gofourth.

The city hopes surrounding communities adopt the same ordinance.

They’ve shared the ordinance with Pittsburg, Fort Scott, Chanute and others.