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National System Aims To Minimize Diversion of Cold and Allergy Medicine in Methamphetamine Production
Date:11/20/2009

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) today announced a new initiative in the war on methamphetamine. The National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) is a multi-state electronic tracking program that enforces purchase limitations on over-the-counter (OTC) medicines containing pseudoephedrine in real-time at the point of sale. The technology for NPLEx is based on a system that was developed and tested in Kentucky in 2005 and expanded statewide in late 2007. Today Kentucky, Illinois, and Louisiana are executing agreements with NADDI to become the first three states to adopt NPLEx as their electronic tracking program.

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NPLEx provides law enforcement agencies across the country with free access to the multi-state electronic log of cold and allergy medicine purchases. The system helps retailers and consumers stay in compliance with state and federal laws that place restrictions on these medicines. These OTC cold and allergy medicines contain pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient diverted to illegally manufacture methamphetamine. The program has been modeled after the successful efforts in Kentucky to combat domestic meth production. The cost of deploying and supporting the NPLEx system has been covered by a private-public partnership that NADDI negotiated with the leading manufacturers of these medicines. Consequently, states that are offered NPLEx can deploy and support the system without the use of government funds.

"Rarely are states able to easily work together to tackle a problem that crosses state lines," said Charlie Cichon, director of NADDI. "We believe many states will adopt NPLEx over the next several years, making it more difficult for these common medicines to be diverted into the illegal manufa
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