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New tracking system cuts meth production

Post by Rob Carson / The News Tribune on Aug. 9, 2012 at 11:04 am with 7 Comments »
August 9, 2012 2:50 pm

A new statewide tracking system that monitors over-the-counter ingredients used to make methamphetamine blocked more than 13,300 sales in the last nine months, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

Three ingredients – pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine –help people treat colds and allergies. They’re also used to make the illegal drug commonly known as “meth.”

Washington was among the first states to create a statewide tracking system.

From Oct. 15, 2011, through the end of July 2012, the system logged 1,023,929 purchases and blocked the sales of 13,391 meth ingredients – the equivalent of 82 pounds (37,172 grams), the Health Department says.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. newstribune says:

    I wonder if it was worth the tax payers money to track the sales. I could never understand why some people are so stupid that they have to put dope in their body.

  2. hooks21 says:

    Does it just block the sales, or notify the police or something? I am guessing it just blocks the purchase with a credit card as those things are tracked on the magnetic strip. It’s too bad some people’s lives are so bad the need to resort to meth, or some other drug to feel better, or to forget…….for a short period. I can only say thank you to those in my life making what it is.

  3. m9078jk3 says:

    If the DOH really wanted to fight addiction and promote human health it would limit sales of gasoline and diesel fuel to those addicted to it.

  4. MadTaxpayer says:

    More wasted time and money.

  5. “I am guessing it just blocks the purchase with a credit card as those things are tracked on the magnetic strip.”

    They scan the bar code on the back of your drivers license or state ID card. If your drivers license doesn’t scan, then they have to enter your license number by hand.

  6. amyp123 says:

    Blocked sales are not a measure of success. All that means is that the blocked customer had to find someone else to buy it for them a.k.a. “smurfing”.

    A drop in the amount of meth labs would be the measure of success. I would like to see that.

  7. Whatever1214 says:

    It is always nice when state agencies get to evaluate their own success.

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