LUTHERVILLE, Md., April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) – a nonprofit organization that facilitates cooperation between law enforcement, healthcare professionals, state regulatory agencies and pharmaceutical manufacturers in the prevention and investigation of drug diversion – today lauded the latest monthly results achieved by the real-time, stop-sale system in South Carolina. Data released for the first quarter of the year by the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) shows electronic technology in the Palmetto State blocked the sale of more than 14,000 boxes of medicines containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) preventing more than 35,000 grams from potentially being diverted by meth criminals. NPLEx was fully implemented in South Carolina in January 2011.
"South Carolina's real-time, stop-sale technology continues to demonstrate exciting results. Since implementation in 2010, NPLEx has provided law enforcement officials and pharmacists with a critical tool that allows them to block illegal PSE purchases before they happen, and track down and arrest meth offenders," said Charles F. Cichon, executive director of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI). "Just as importantly, the system ensures that the vast majority of consumers who purchase cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine for their intended purpose are allowed to continue doing so. "The prevention of more than 35,000 grams in unlawful sales this past quarter is proof positive that electronic technology is working for South Carolina."
The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) is a nonprofit 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