JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Kurt Bahr, R-St. Charles, released the 2015 data from the state’s real time, stop-sale pseudoephedrine monitoring system, known as the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) this week, applauding the accomplishments of the program for 2015.
Missouri is one of 32 states that has adopted NPLEx as a way to ensure access to these important medicines by the law-abiding public, but prevent the illegal sales of these medicines to some criminals who may seek to use them when trying to manufacture methamphetamines. Enforcing monthly and yearly purchase limits is essentially the same thing as blocking the sale to consumers who have reached their purchase limits. Law enforcement and prosecutors also use the system to detect suspicious purchase patterns as they seek to identify, prosecute and convict suspected meth makers.
In 2015, the NPLEx system in Missouri helped block the sale of 45,375 boxes of PSE, keeping 117,578 grams of PSE from potentially being used illegally.
“NPLEx continues to be an important tool in the fight against illegal diversion of pseudoephedrine and the fight against domestic meth production,” said Bahr. “The number of boxes blocked in Missouri in 2015 was greater than the year prior, and we even decreased the number of individuals buying PSE altogether. This is encouraging news for our state as it suggests criminals aren’t finding ways around our existing laws or enforcement system.”
Rachael Herndon is the editor at The Missouri Times, and also produces This Week in Missouri Politics, publishes Missouri Times Magazine, and co-hosts the #moleg podcast. She joined the Missouri Times in 2014, returning to political reporting after working as a campaign and legislative staffer.
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