Assessing the impact of regulating purchase of pseudoephedrine on the public health costs of methamphetamine production and use

The Foundation's program, Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health, was designed to build the evidence for public health law and policy, translate research findings into practical tools to increase the support for and use of law by policy makers and public health practitioners, and to translate findings to other fields and venues to improve and protect health.This study will measure whether quantity restrictions, electronic tracking, or a doctor's prescription requirement for purchases of pseudoephedrine reduce the public health costs of methamphetamine production and use. The project is significant because it is the only one to measure the national effectiveness and cost effectiveness of the leading proposed policies for limiting domestic methamphetamine production: limiting the quantity of purchases, requiring a prescription, and electronic tracking. This research will also weigh the potential public health benefits of reducing the supply of methamphetamine against the potential loss of profits and consumer welfare caused by reduced access to effective cold medicine. Deliverables include: conference presentations, articles in peer-reviewed journals and a project website.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $116,462.00

Awarded on: 11/12/2012

Time frame: 11/15/2012 - 5/14/2014

Grant Number: 70509


Tulane University

6823 Saint Charles Avenue
New Orleans, 70118-5665


Scott Cunningham
Project Director


Keith Ferguson Finlay
Project Director