TULSA - Fighting our meth epidemic: It's become one of the biggest issues facing Oklahoma.
As lawmakers try to come up with solutions, more meth labs are found.
Last year Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma set a record for the most meth labs ever.
One woman is accused of trying to make meth inside a busy Tulsa Walmart.
Some lawmakers are trying to limit the sale of a key ingredient in the drug - pseudoephedrine.
State Senator Kim David, R-Wagoner, pushed a bill to make the tablet form of pseudoephedrine sellable by prescription only. David's bill would not affect liquid and gel tabs.
"So far we haven't seen any evidence in Oklahoma of anybody being able to make meth out of the gel tablets or liquid forms so far," she said.
Twice the bill failed to pass through a House committee, despite pleas from state district attorneys.
While the prescription bills have died, a bill to improve the tracking of pseudoephedrine is still alive.
State Rep. David Derby, R-Owasso, says switching to a tracking a system called "N-Plex" would allow for better monitoring of meth makers.
"They can not only look at Tulsa County, but they can look at the Walmart in Owasso and not only specifically the Walmart in Owasso, but they can look at David Derby from Owasso," he said.
The two differing thoughts on dealing with the state's meth epidemic has created a war of words at the Capitol.
The bill's failure was the result of a manipulation of the democratic process, said state district attorney Tim Harris.
"They worked political chicanery to make sure it never made it to the House floor and that's what I am upset about," he said. "They thwarted the democratic process."
Derby responded by saying Harris is the problem. "He's plea bargained with some of Tulsa's worst offenders instead of throwing the book at them," he said.
War of words indeed.
Watch our special report Fighting Our Meth Epidemic Wednesday night in Segment 2 on 2NEWS at 10.
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