A class of students at Highland High School is promoting legislation to control the availability of methamphetamine components from Utah to illegal drug manufacturers in other states.

Tuesday, the students of Greg Hayes had a visitor, Rep. Jerrold Jensen, R-Salt Lake, who discussed the issue with them and instructed them in how to write a bill.Jensen said he also is concerned with reports that illegal drug manufacturers from other states come to Utah to get necessary chemicals to create their products.

Hayes has the backing of the American Federation of Teachers, Utah Project, in the effort to stymie the ability of illicit drug manufacturers to obtain chemical components from Utah warehouses.

"The AFT will vigorously pursue legislation to close the loopholes that allow illicit drug manufacturers to use Utah suppliers as a source of supply for the production of methamphetamine," said Ken Zenger, director of the AFT-Utah Project.

The Highland students expressed a concern beyond the damage done to individuals - particularly young people - by abuse of methamphetamines. If a drug manufacturing location were near a school building, the potential for an explosion could have added implications.

Hayes said he is sensitive to drug-abuse problems because of numerous contacts with law enforcement personnel related to drug trafficking.