Proos, Southwest Michigan sheriffs to tout success of NPLEx tracking system to combat meth production

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Who:

Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph
Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey
Cass County Sheriff Joseph M. Underwood
Van Buren County Sheriff Dale Gribler
John Burgess, Martin’s Pharmacy manager

What:

Press conference on the success of the NPLEx electronic tracking system to combat methamphetamine production by enforcing the limits on the amount of the drug’s main ingredient individuals can purchase.

When:

Friday, Feb. 24
11 a.m.

Where:

Martin’s Supermarket pharmacy
720 S. 11th St.
Niles, MI 

Brief: 

Public Act 84 of 2011 requires retailers or pharmacies to consult the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) before selling products containing pseudoephedrine to make sure buyers have not exceeded a set limit. NPLEx is a real-time electronic logging system provided at no cost to taxpayers or retailers and is used only by law enforcement to track sales of over-the-counter cold and allergy medications containing precursors to methamphetamine.

Pharmacies across the state have been using the program for one to three months. The law went into effect on Jan. 1, but many retailers started using the system in November 2011.

In the three months since e-tracking was launched in Michigan, the system has blocked the illegal sale of 42,955 grams of a key methamphetamine ingredient.

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