New program to combat growing meth problem

10:00 AM, Jun 29, 2013   |    comments
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MEDINA -- With the number of meth lab busts in Ohio likely to reach a record high in 2013, law enforcement have introduced a new way to combat the problem.  

Through a new digital system created just a few weeks ago, every pharmacy in Ohio is now able to track the amount and sale of pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient for making meth.  

"It's easier to keep track of the people and the doses and it fits into what pharmacy tries to do, you know we always are trying to prevent drug abuse in any way we can," explained Tom Nameth, the director of pharmacy operations for more than 70 Discount Drug Marts across Ohio.  

"This gives us another tool to do that," he said.  

The new system requires people wanting to buy pseudoephedrine in Ohio to show an ID to a pharmacist where those drugs will now be kept behind a counter.   "It not only matches or puts markers on the doses or frequency but it also lets you see what other stores are doing," said Nameth.  "With the previous enforcement that we had, as antiquated as it was, we were still able to do some tracking that way.  Now I think it's going to be much easier for law enforcement to get involved track it down keep an eye on things."  

Nameth believes the new program is an important step in the war on drugs, particularly meth which has seen a spike in recent years.

 According to the Ohio Attorney General's Office there have been 635 meth lab busts so far in 2013, more than any total number discovered in the past 8 years.

Law enforcement are also now training city, county, and ODOT employees to watch for the signs and remnants of meth in communities.  

"It's going to be much more difficult to beat the system," said Nameth


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