Restricting the Purchase of Meth Key Ingredient is Key to Fighting Meth Menace
The methamphetamine problem in the state of Kentucky can best be combated by using MethCheck network, also currently known as NPLEx or the National Precursor Log Exchange.
MethCheck is the software being used by pharmacies that record and keep track of sales of pseudoephedrine (PSE), which is one of the primary ingredients in manufacturing methamphetamine. The cashier at a drug store could simply swipe buyer’s driver’s license, and the software will be accumulating data of pseudoephedrine sales and will alert the local police whenever it will detect a pattern of purchases or irregularly large purchases.
Indeed, MethCheck could limit the purchasing of PSE, but it does not stop smurfing, or the process by which individuals purchase the legal limit of PSE and in turn sell them to another knowing full well that it shall be used to manufacture meth.
Every year, the pharmaceutical industry makes over $800 million from PSE sales. The industry is also the one paying for NPLEx.
The rise in methamphetamine problem came about when PSE’s status was changed to over-the-counter status from being a prescription drug.
It has also been pointed out that methamphetamine labs create toxic water materials that contaminate homes. In fact, in 2009, a 22-month old toddler died because she was able to ingest a drain cleaner used in manufacturing meth.
With all these issues involved, the best way to fight meth problem is to revert its status to being a prescription drug, instead of being over-the-counter.