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Meth lab shut down

Meth lab busts are continuing to decline in Multnomah County following the enactment of restrictions on over-the-counter drugs containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of the illegal drug.

Wednesday, the Multnomah County sheriff's office discovered and shut down its eighth meth lab this year, an operation in a pole barn at 7615 S.E. 162nd Ave. Sheriff's deputies investigated more than 60 labs in 2004 and 25 in 2005.


Nurses inquiry continues

The Oregon Senate Public Health Committee resumed its look at the Oregon State Board of Nursing on Tuesday following a series of Portland Tribune stories on problems with the board's nurse monitoring program.

The meeting was largely taken up by testimony from Deputy Attorney General Pete Shepherd, who told the committee the program 'is effectively self-monitoring' and recommended the board hire additional staff to increase supervision.

Shepherd also presented the committee with two independent audits of the board that were conducted over the summer, an internal review of the monitoring program and his own list of seven recommendations for improving the board's functions.

The Senate committee will continue hearings on the nursing board during its regular session, with chairman Bill Morrisette, D-Springfield, reaffirming at last week's hearing that he intends to look at changing the makeup of the board, which oversees nurses and certified nursing assistants throughout the state. Seven of the nine board members are nurses.

- Tribune staff

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