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Law Enforcement Officers Trainined In Pseudoephedrine Tracking

BLUEFIELD — A National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) training session was held Tuesday at the Quality Hotel and Conference Center for local law enforcement.

Senior officials from Appriss co-hosted the event with the West Virginia Retailers Association, the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), the West Virginia Sheriff’s Association and the West Virginia Municipal League.

West Virginia Retailers Association President Bridget Lambert said the NPLEx system has proven to be an effective way to track the purchase of pseudoephedrine and deter its abuse.

“The NPLEx system tracks all sales and purchases of pseudoephedrine statewide and across state lines,” Lambert said. “All of our border states are NPLEx states with the exception of Maryland.”

According to Lambert, the system maintains a real-time database using a person’s driver’s license to track pseudoephedrine purchases.

“The key reason retailers are involved in this is: We’re the first line of defense in this,” Lambert said. “We see meth criminals first.”

Appriss Inc. Client Relationship Manager Krista McCormick said Appriss  provides NPLEx free of charge to law enforcement after the state passes legislation that requires the electronic tracking of over-the-counter pseudoephedrine.