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Letters: Safety tech

5.22.2017 – Rob Binney, The Kansas City Star

As National Police Week came to a close last week, it struck me that we don’t often recognize all of the ways law-enforcement professionals keep us safe.

Our police officers are incredibly resourceful using tools to arrest criminals planning to produce meth.

In fact, based on their hard work, meth lab seizures declined more than 80 percent between 2014 and 2016 in our state.

One tool used by the police to prevent meth production is the National Precursor Log Exchange, a system used to monitor the sale of over-the-counter allergy and cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used to make meth.

This system allows allergy and cold sufferers to buy the medicine they need while rejecting individuals who have reached their purchase limit.

The identities of the rejected individuals are flagged, which provides the police with lists of potential meth suspects, leading to more arrests and hopefully less meth on our streets.

Read more here.