The law also requires that a parent or guardian be charged with child endangerment if their child is under the age of 8, and they knowingly expose the child to "the initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of any amount of methamphetamine."
When he signed the law, Governor Haslam stated, "Hopefully, we can start changing the tide against what has for too long been too bad of a problem in East Tennessee." As evidence of this problem, TN reported over 2,000 meth labs seized in 2010. This is the highest state total for labs seized in the country. As a result of those drug busts, more than 500 children were taken into state custody.
The law will take effect on July 1, 2011 and pharmacies will have until January 1, 2012 to install the electronic system.