LUTHERVILLE, Md., Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) today applauded the tremendous results achieved by Kentucky's real-time, stop-sale pseudoephedrine (PSE) tracking system in 2014.
The National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) system automatically blocks unlawful pseudoephedrine purchases at the point of sale and helps flag meth offenders for law enforcement. Police officers and narcotics agents often set up NPLEx "watch lists" that notify them via email when a meth suspect attempts to make a PSE purchase. The year-end NPLEx data shows that in 2014, the technology blocked the sale of more than 43,000 boxes of medicine containing pseudoephedrine keeping over 111,000 grams out of the hands of potential meth criminals.
Additionally, Kansas sold 10.79 percent fewer boxes of PSE compared to 2013. The number of individual purchasers was further reduced by 8.80 percent.
"NPLEx has served as a useful asset for fighting meth crime in Kentucky," said Charles F. Cichon, executive director of NADDI. "With a complete collaboration between pharmacies and law enforcement, Kentucky has been able to push back against the scourge of meth in 2014. While there is still work to be done, the success of NPLEx in Kentucky shows that there is a way to find a good balance protecting regular consumer's access to medicine while fighting criminals."
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, and 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