The Times West Virginian

February 16, 2013

System designed to aid fight against meth

Electronic database tracks purchases of pseudoephedrine

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — For years pharmacies have been confronted by a conundrum when it comes to distributing medications with pseudoephedrine as a primary ingredient.

On the one hand, medicines like Sudafed and Claritin-D are common and effective over-the-counter options for combating the common cold. On the other hand, they are also common ingredients used to make meth.

So how do you prevent criminals from buying these ingredients without inconveniencing law-abiding citizens?

In January, West Virginia implemented a solution, and the West Virginia Retailers Association says they’re beginning to see the results.

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