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Law enforcement officials highlight success of anti-meth initiatives in Alabama

Today law enforcement leaders and Attorney General Luther Strange gathered to discuss the progress that has been made to combat meth use in Alabama.

Those in attendance credited state lawmakers for their 2012 anti-meth legislation, believed to be the toughest in the nation.

The legislation provided police departments and other law enforcement agencies with new tools to prevent meth use and prosecute meth dealers.

Authorities say since the legislation passed, there has been steady decline in the number of meth labs in the state. According to the Alabama Drug Abuse Tax Force, meth lab seizures have dropped from 720 in 2010, to 154 in 2013.

In addition to the 2012 legislation, agencies say the universal NPLEx system implemented in pharmacies across the state has also helped. The system restricts the sale of certain cold and allergy medicine. It also tracks pseudoephedrine purchases and passes the information to law enforcement officials.

“I was proud to be part of the legislative process two years ago when the Alabama legislature passed the nation’s toughest anti-meth laws,” said Attorney General Luther Strange. These new laws have proven successful thanks to the tireless work of our district attorneys, pharmacists and drug task force members.”