A Claremore man is doing what he can stop meth makers in Oklahoma.
David Starkey is on a crusade to make it tougher for meth makers to their hands on the drug’s ingredient found in cold medicine.
"You don't see a person step up and take the challenge take the responsibility,” says Broken Arrow Family Drug Pharmacist Todd Pendergraft.
Starkey recently convinced Holdenville, in Southeast Oklahoma, to require a prescription for certain types of pseudoephedrine.
It’s an update to a story FOX23 News first reports in April.
FOX23’s Abbie Alford reports on his mission.
Starkey says he got fed up when state legislatures killed proposal requiring a prescription for dry tablet pseudoephedrine.
He’s succeeded in Holdenville, now he plans to go in front of the Broken Arrow City Council to encourage the city to make it tougher for meth makers to make their dangerous and destructive drug.
Loaded with documents and DVD’s, Starkey’s first stop in Broken Arrow is the Apothecary Shoppe.
"Here is the ordinance in fact, this is Broken Arrow's,” says Starkey.
With 18 reported meth labs reported in Broken Arrow this year, police say they’re on track to surpass the number of labs compared to last year.
"It will cut out the smurfing,” says Starkey.
Part of the problem, so-called ‘smurfs’ are recruited by meth cooks to buy cold medicine for them. Police say some smurfs are paid $50 to $100 a box to buy pseudoephedrine in dry tablet at pharmacies.
Oklahoma was the first state to put pseudoephedrine behind the counter, federal law then followed.
Even with a state meth registry that bans felons convicted of meth crimes from purchasing pseudopehedrine, makers seem to always find a way to get their hands on the tablet form which is the easiest way to make meth.
"If you take a liquid gel instead of a tablet it would solve the meth problem in Oklahoma,” says Starkey.
Oregon has a similar law and in its first year officials say meth labs decreased by 96%.
Starkey says he doesn’t want to be misunderstood, he doesn’t want all pseudoephedrine to be a prescription, his proposal would exclude gel caps and liquids.
"Mr. Starkey isn't trying to eliminate pseudoephedrine sales he's trying to make it harder for the bad guys to get a hold of it. It's not going to hurt you or me, the gel caps will still be available,” says Panter.
The Apothecary, a compounding shop, already requires a prescription for any medicine.
"To be honest with you the liquid gels work faster. There are some people who swear that the tablets work but psychosomatic,” says The Apothecary Pharmacist Kyle Panter.
The next stop is at the Broken Arrow Family Drug.
"It's not just the meth user that it causes problems with. It causes problems with families, neighbors and community,” says Pendergraft.
State drug agents report Broken Arrow is one of the top 17 cities in Oklahoma with the highest pseudoephedrine sales at pharmacies and that’s making it easier to make meth with the convenient one-pot meth method.
"I am in a race against time because it surprises me that it doesn't explode every time,” says Starkey.
Still Pendergraft fears those with a real cold or allergies will suffer.
"There is a cost factor there is a convenience factor as well for pseudoephedrine,” says Pendergraft.
However, he says the costs outweigh the damage meth can do to innocent families.
"I am proud of you take a stand and do something like this and take the initiative,” says Pendergraft. “Anything we can do to box them in a little bit further and prevent the problems."
The Broken Arrow Police Department tells FOX23 News is supports the proposal to make pseudoephedrine in tablet a prescription.
Starkey plans to address the Broken Arrow City Council Tuesday night at