To the Editor:
As a local business owner, I’m thankful for our law enforcement and all they do to keep my pharmacy and my community safe. In appreciation of National Police Week, I want to especially thank them for their work in tracking criminals that try to purchase cold and allergy medicine to make meth. Popular over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine contain an ingredient called pseudoephedrine that unfortunately can be used to make meth. With the help of an important piece of technology called NPLEx, the National Precursor Log Exchange, pharmacies can now work with law enforcement to monitor suspicious activity and block purchase at the point of sale to individuals that have reached their legal limit.
Alabama is one of 33 states that employ this technology to stop criminals from going to multiple pharmacies and buying the medicine in volume to make the illegal drug. And I am proud to say that I am part of the proactive effort to stop home meth cooks in their tracks, working hand-in-hand with our brave men and women in uniform to keep criminal activity out of my store and away from my loyal customers. I urge you to talk to your local pharmacy and make sure they know about this great initiative.
Keep up the good work officers.
Vice President, FMS Pharmacy