Missouri Using Information Technology In War On Meth

In the first six months of 2012, “stop-sale” database systems deployed in Missouri blocked the sale of more than 22,000 boxes of medicine containing pseudoephedrine. The blocked sales represent up to 54,000 grams of psuedoephedrine that were potentially diverted fromentially  prevented from being diverted by meth producers, according to the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators.

The stop-sale technology, which works for almost any retailer in any state, automatically declines sales that would put purchasers over the legal limit of pseudoephedrine. The process works similarly to credit card readers that decline sales to cardholders who have exceeded their credit limit, according to the industry group Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

“In addition to providing law enforcement and retailers with a critical tool in the fight against meth production, the technology also ensures law-abiding Missourians will continue to have access to the popular cold and allergy medicines they rely on for relief,” said NADDI Executive Director Charles F. Cichon.



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