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.