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Missouri pharmacies use system to track sale of meth ingredients

6.16.2017 – McKenzie Nelson, 41 KSHB

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – In an attempt to slow the growth of methamphetamine labs, pharmacies in the state of Missouri are now using the same electronic system to track the sale of meth’s key ingredient.

The system is called NPLEx, or National Precursor Log Exchange.

It’s being used at pharmacies all over to keep pseudoephedrine, an essential ingredient for meth, out of the wrong hands.

The drug is typically found in cold an allergy medicines.

“We were number one and number two for several years, this was very much a good solution that put the state on the right track to decreasing those meth lab numbers,” said Jim Gwinner, Spokesperson for Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

The way the system works, a customer looking to purchase pseudoephedrine will be asked for their driver’s license. It’s scanned and then the cashier can see if the customer has reached their limit.

“The 3.6 is the daily limit,” said Gwinner.

NPLEx is a real-time, stop-sale system used in 33 states. Once a customer reaches the daily or monthly limit, the pharmacy would not be allowed to sell them the medication.

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