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CHPA Addresses Anti-Meth Policy at AP Lookahead Event Today in Charleston
Date:1/6/2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va., Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday afternoon, Carlos Gutierrez, senior director of state government affairs for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) joined West Virginia Delegate Don Perdue and former Delegate Dr. Dan Foster for a panel discussion hosted by the Associated Press. The panel, which took place at the South Charleston campus of Marshall University as part of the AP's Legislative Lookahead event, focused on West Virginia's battle with methamphetamine production and abuse, as well as the illegal diversion of safe and effective cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine (PSE).

During the discussion, Gutierrez touted the initial success of West Virginia's new real-time, stop-sale technology known as the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx). The system allows pharmacists to automatically block unlawful PSE purchases at the sales counter and provides law enforcement officials with critical criminal data in real time and across state lines. Police officers and narcotics agents can even receive instant email alerts when suspects attempt to purchase PSE.  

"There is no question that meth-related crime remains an unacceptable problem facing law enforcement officials and local communities throughout West Virginia," Gutierrez said. "West Virginia leaders are rightfully focused on this critical issue at the outset of the legislative session. Our hope is that rather than advancing a prescription requirement for all West Virginians, which would impose higher costs and lead to fewer healthcare choices for responsible citizens, that they give the NPLEx system more time to work and focus on responsible ways to enhance current ant
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