State tracker stops meth ingredient sales

August 21, 2012

By Staff

State officials said a recently launched statewide tracking system to monitor over-the-counter ingredients used to make methamphetamine blocked more than 13,300 sales in the past nine months.

The ingredients — pseudoephedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine — help millions of people treat colds and allergies, but some people use medications containing the ingredients to make illegal meth.

Through October and July, the system logged 1,023,929 purchases and blocked the sales of 13,391 meth ingredients.

“Our state was once called ‘the poster child for the meth epidemic,’ and we’re now recognized as a success story,” state Secretary of Health Mary Selecky said in a statement. “A decade ago, there were thousands of meth labs and dumps in our state. We can thank community action and legislation, including the new rules that created our tracking system, for turning the tide.”

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