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LTE: Pharmacists Aid In War Against Meth

10.28.16 – Steve Marshall, The Gadsden Times

Methamphetamine remains among the most dangerous drugs available in our communities. That said, in recent years, we have seen the number of clandestine meth labs substantially decrease throughout Alabama. One of the primary reasons for this dramatic change is the National Precursor Log Exchange. In order to make meth, meth cooks use pseudoephedrine, a common ingredient in cough and allergy medication. Currently, NPLEx is used in 33 states across the country, including Alabama. In our state alone, NPLEx has blocked the sales of 30,000 boxes of PSE from reaching the hands of potential criminals and meth cooks just in the first half of 2016.

Not only has the program aided law enforcement, NPLEx is also valuable for what it does for consumers. It allows law-abiding Alabamians to buy medicine that they need over the counter in order to relieve their cold and allergy symptoms. This helps to save time, money and convenience that would be lost by needing to go to the doctor for a prescription because of a very basic illness.

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