Lebanon Reporter

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December 3, 2013

Indiana AG unveils statewide campaign against 'smurfing'

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But new products, such as Nexafed, which is formulated in a fashion the drug cannot easily be used in methamphetamine production, could result in the eradication of methamphetamine production. The drug “disrupts the extraction and conversion of pseudoephedrine to methamphetamine,” according to its website.

Nexafed is available at area pharmacies, though it’s costlier than typical cold and allergy medicines. Zoeller took a long-term approach in addressing that issue.“The problem is when you eliminate the local manufacture, you will have it quickly replaced by the drug trade coming up from Mexico,” he said.

Mull said it is helpful to law enforcement officials to have leaders tightening laws, reinforcing penalties, and raising public awareness.“Here, in Clark County, we have seen over the last two years a large increase in this activity, and these laws are much needed.” Mull said. “We have individuals who go from pharmacy to pharmacy and obtain these materials and then create these drugs. It is a big drain on the community.”Moore said methamphetamine use is something that has touched nearly all families living in Jeffersonville, but that he is encouraged action to combat production of the drug.“Meth is truly a horrible drug that effects all parts of our community,” Moore said. “Public education campaigns like this are so important so that members of our community can help in the fight against this tragic occurrence.”Some on the frontlines have seen a dent in the meth problem.

Chad Burks, a pharmacist at a Jeffersonville pharmacy, One of the largest deterrents to illegal use of pseudoephedrine, according to Burks, is to keep the drug behind the pharmacy counter and out of reach of customers.“I think the system is working,” Burks said.

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