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Indiana NPLEx makes headway in battle against methamphetamine

Electronic Technology Blocks Illegal Sales of key ingredient


(dateline)  Indiana’s electronic initiative to help battle the production of methamphetamine is causing inconvenience for meth cooks.  NPLEx (National Precursor Log Exchange) is a computerized tracking system that monitors the purchase of over-the-counter medicines containing pseudoephedrine or PSE, a key ingredient in meth. Meth cooks employ individuals to buy significant amounts of the drug to make the meth.


Late last year, Indiana became the eleventh state to join the multi-state effort that allows law enforcement to track purchases from their computers.  When investigators determine a purchasing pattern, they follow up with those who made the purchase. In just one month NPLEx blocked the sale of more than 11,000 of medicines containing PSE from being sold keeping a total of more than 26,000 grams out of the hands of meth criminals


            Most of the participating states utilize NPLEx, which connects with more than one-third of the nation’s pharmacies. The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) collaborated with pharmaceutical manufacturers, health care providers, law enforcement, and state regulatory agencies to provide NPLEx at no cost to states that have legislation requiring real-time e-tracking and agree to use the system.


            Other NPLEx states include Missouri, Louisiana, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Washington, and Kentucky.