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LTE: Thanking law enforcement

5.15.2017 – Mark Harder, West News Magazine

For those Missourians with family members or close friends who work in law enforcement, every week feels like a good time to appreciate the hard work that they do. For everyone else though, we have National Police Week to remind us how lucky we are to have such incredible law enforcement officers here in Missouri. Without their level of commitment, we’d be seeing higher crime rates, and specifically, we’d still be a step behind in the battle against methamphetamine in our state.

Meth has been a terrible curse here in Missouri, capable of destroying lives, tearing apart families and infecting communities. However, thanks to the hard work of our law enforcement, meth production has plummeted in our state, in large part due to new tools being used in the fight. I’m talking about the National Precursor Log Exchange [NPLEx], a tool that tracks the sale of over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine [PSE], which can be used by criminals to make meth. This allows law enforcement to catch criminals who attempt to purchase these medicines in excess of the legal limit.

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