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Brinkley, Derby Highlight Success Of NPLEx In 2014

3.20.15 – The Owasso Reporter

OKLAHOMA CITY — Sen. Rick Brinkley, R–Owasso, and Rep. David Derby, R–Owasso, released final 2014 data from Oklahoma’s real-time, stop-sale pseudoephedrine tracking system, known as the National Precursor Log Exchange.

Oklahoma is joined by 29 other states across the country that use NPLEx to automatically block the unlawful, attempted pseudoephedrine purchase for the purpose of cooking methamphetamine.

NPLEx serves as an incredibly important tool in the collaboration between law enforcement and retailers in Oklahoma’s fight against meth production.

In 2014, NPLEx continued to be a tremendous success in Oklahoma by blocking 45,851 boxes of pseudoephedrine, totaling more than 113,000 grams.

Furthermore, the number of individual purchasers decreased by almost 9 percent. By banning the over-the-counter sale of PSE medications to meth offenders with the NPLEx technology, the NPLEx system has helped Oklahoma see a 79-percent decline in meth labs between 2012 and 2014.

“The most recent NPLEx block numbers confirm that the system is a tremendous asset in Oklahoma’s fight against meth,” Brinkley said. “Meth labs have consistently been on the decline in recent years in our state and NPLEx is a large part of that. This system, along with our meth offender block list, has made Oklahoma a national leader in the fight against meth production.”

“By targeting those who illegally use PSE to make meth, Oklahoma has greatly reduced meth labs,” Derby said. “We have been able to attack domestic meth production at the source and have real results to show for our efforts. I am proud that our state has proven that it is possible to decrease meth production without burdening regular citizens.”