Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on February 07, 2013 @ 7:49PM
Created on February 07, 2013 @ 6:43PM
Meth lab busts have been on the rise for the past few years.
Now, police have another tool to help them find the drug. The National Precursor Log Exchange, or NPLEx, tracks purchases of pseudoephedrine, one of the main ingredients to make meth.
When anyone tries to buy pseudoephedrine in the state, they're purchase will be logged onto a database so police can monitor it's sale.
They have to show an ID to get the drug. The pharmacist then scans their license and within seconds the sale is either approved or denied.
Before NPLEx, retailers manually recorded all purchases in a handwritten log book. Now, the NPLEx system will allow officers to instantly see when someone buys a lot of pseudoephedrine in a short amount of time.
The system became fully operational on January 1st, as a part of Governor Tomblin's substance abuse legislation.
"You can't have meth without Sudafed, so that's why it's an important tool. Now that we're able to do it from the office, we don't have to go to each individual pharmacy to actually get the logs. In West Virginia, no matter where you go, you have to provide your proof of I.D. and everything to buy Sudafed. So, no matter where you go in West Virginia, we'll be able to track you down and find out the purchases you've made," said Cpl. Rodney Rolenson of the Upshur County Sheriff's Department.
West Virginia isn't the only one to use it. 25 other states also use the program, and if a person buys some across state lines, their purchase could be blocked if that state also uses NPLEx.
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Feb 09, 2013 at 11:26 AM
I didn't know 25 states were using NPLEX. For me it's a good compromise: it will make it harder for meth cooks to get ephedrine without a prescription law for ephedrine that would impose cost and inconvenience to law abiding citizens. I heard that drug agents are not *big fans* of this system due to the administrative burden and the fact that it may develop smurfing, but on the other hand I heard of many arrests thanks to NPLEX already. This tracking system plus the new generation of meth-proof ephedrine might change the meth mess: http://ephedrinewheretobuy.com/new-meth-proof-ephedrine-for-sale