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State steps up fight against ‘smurfing’

5.4.2017 – Kate Nadolski, WNEM

LANSING, MI (WNEM) –The state of Michigan is stepping up the fight against methamphetamine.

Attorney General Bill Schuette has announced a new campaign to take on “smurfing.”

Smurfing is when meth makers get other people to buy them cold medicine, which contains a key ingredient, pseudoephedrine, for meth.

The Anti-Smurfing Campaign aims to increase public awareness about the practice and the societal problems associated with methamphetamine production.

“Meth use is something that has greatly affected our state, from the Upper Peninsula to Detroit and all areas in between,” said Schuette. “Talking about how anyone can inadvertently play a role in the process of meth production is one of the keys to stopping the problem in its tracks. The message is clear: if you’re buying over-the-counter medicine for a meth cook, you’re breaking the law and contributing to one of the most serious problems in Michigan.”

Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene, State Senator John Proos, along with Michigan Retailers Association, Michigan Pharmacists Association and Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), were also on-hand for the announcement.

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