This week is National Police Week, an important time for us to show our support for our local law enforcement officers. A particular area of importance to us, in which the police play a vital role, is stopping methamphetamine production in Illinois. Meth has poisoned our communities for far too long, tearing families apart and bringing nothing but heartache to everyone it touches.
Luckily for us, our police officers are committed to using every tool available to stop criminals who try to make meth.
One incredibly helpful tool is the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx), which is a real-time stop-sale system used in every pharmacy that records the sale of certain over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used by criminals to produce meth.
NPLEx rejects the sale of these medicines to anyone who has exceeded their limit and – here is where law enforcement comes in – catalogues the identities of suspicious purchasers so police have suspects to investigate.
Our police officers have extremely dangerous and difficult jobs trying to keep good people safe from a variety of dangers, including the debilitating addiction and violence that meth brings to our communities. We’re very glad our men and women in blue have a useful tool like NPLEx at their disposal and praise them for the work they do.
Note to readers: Garth Reynolds is executive director of the Illinois Pharmacists Association, and Scott Meyers is executive vice president of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists.