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Missouri's Stop-Sale System Achieves Significant Results In Battle Against Meth

Electronic Technology Blocks Illegal Sales, Allows Legal Ones

LUTHERVILLE, Md., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) today lauded the latest results achieved by the real-time, pseudoephedrine (PSE) blocking system in Missouri. The system, known as the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx), automatically blocks unlawful pseudoephedrine sales and helps law enforcement officials track down methamphetamine offenders and make arrests. Data released by NPLEx shows electronic technology in Missouri blocked the sale of more than 19,030 boxes of medicine containing PSE during the first seven months of 2014, preventing more than 47,601 grams from potentially being diverted by meth criminals.

Additionally, when compared to the same period in 2013, Missouri sold 13.67% fewer boxes of PSE and reduced the number of individual purchasers by 10.44%.

"Without question, NPLEx is helping Missouri achieve impressive progress in the fight to curb meth production," said Charles F. Cichon, executive director of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI).  "These convincing new statistics show just how effective this system is at preventing potential meth cooks from acquiring the ingredients they need to make this terrible drug. As more law enforcement officials become familiar with the full potential of this system, the state will only continue to see progress.

"Moreover, the success of NPLEx affords Missouri lawmakers the opportunity to tackle other aspects of the state's meth problem, including drug addiction, demand and the increase in Mexican-made meth."

About NADDI

The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that facilitates cooperation between law enforcement, healthcare professionals, state regulatory agencies, pharmaceutical manufacturers in the investigation and prevention of prescription drug abuse and diversion.  NADDI also sponsors and conducts specialized educational seminars and conferences.

SOURCE National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators

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