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Local police train with drug-tracking tool

3.30.15 – Tyler Langan, QC-Online

Local and state law enforcement officers met with the maker of an over-the-counter drug-tracking system Monday for a training session on how to combat methamphetamine labs.

The National Precursor Log Exchange program, or NPLEx, tracks — in real time — the sale of pseudoephedrine, a decongestant cold medication used to produce meth. Access to that information is free to law enforcement agencies.

State laws in Illinois, Iowa and 28 other states require pharmacies to report pseudoephedrine sales to the NPLEx system, Krista McCormick, an NPLEx account manager said before the training session.

“I think, for the most part, most law enforcement have used it in some form or fashion,” Ms. McCormick said.

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