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Indiana State Legislators Seek Solutions to Combat Illegal Meth Production
Date:9/8/2010

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Indiana State Legislature's Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee is holding a hearing on how the state can improve its policies for preventing the illegal diversion of pseudoephedrine (PSE) - a key ingredient in leading cold and allergy medicines - for methamphetamine production. The panel will hear a range of policy options, from requiring a prescription for currently accessible medicines like Advil Cold & Sinus, Claritin-D, Sudafed, and Mucinex D, to implementing an electronic tracking system -- at no cost to the state -- to block illegal sales of PSE.

"The residents of Indiana deserve a solution that will help fight the state's meth problem, without placing additional burdens on individuals, families, and the state," said Mandy Hagan, director of state government relations for the Consumer Healthcare Product Association, who is testifying at the hearing on behalf of the leading manufacturers of over-the-counter medicines. "Electronic tracking is the only system that blocks illegal PSE sales while maintaining consumer access to the safe and effective medications they rely on for colds and allergies."

In Indiana, there is currently no mechanism in place to curb the practice of "smurfing," when criminals move from store to store to purchase illegal amounts of PSE to be used in the production of meth. At no cost to the state, electronic tracking (e-tracking) would provide the state's retailers and pharmacists with a consolidated, real-time electronic logbook and blocking system -- accessible only by law enforcement -- that is more effective than current paper logs.  

E-tracking, which has been adopted by 12 states nationwide, will also give local law enforcement officials a powerful investigative tool to track and prevent meth production across state lines. E-tracking allows law enforcement to find previously undiscovered meth labs and helps them identify meth co
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