Schuitmaker backs new laws to fight meth

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Meth production remains a problem in many communities, especially in rural areas. In fact, Michigan ranked sixth in meth lab busts nationwide last year.

I recently supported legislation–now signed into law–to help prevent the production of this illegal and dangerous drug.

Under the new laws, the names of people who have been convicted of meth-related offenses will be entered into NPLEx for a stop-sale alert. NPLEx is an electronic system used by pharmacies and law enforcement to track sales of over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. Retailers will be required to check the system to see if a person is prohibited from purchasing the product.

In addition, people who buy legal amounts of these products for others, knowing it will be used to manufacture meth, will face new penalties. The laws take effect January 1, 2015.


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