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Michigan's Stop-Sale System Achieves Significant Results In Battle Against Meth

Electronic Technology Blocks Illegal Sales, Allows Legal Ones

LUTHERVILLE, Md., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) today lauded the latest results achieved by the real-time, pseudoephedrine (PSE) blocking system in Michigan. The system, known as the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx), automatically blocks unlawful pseudoephedrine sales and helps law enforcement officials track down methamphetamine offenders and make arrests. Data released by NPLEx shows electronic technology in Michigan blocked the sale of more than 32,890 boxes of medicine containing PSE during the first seven months of 2014, preventing more than 85,487 grams from potentially being diverted by meth criminals.

Additionally, when compared to the same period in 2013, Michigan sold 7.23% fewer boxes of PSE and reduced the number of individual purchasers by 7.16%.

"Michigan is on the forefront of the battle against meth production, and thanks in part to NPLEx, the state is starting to make real progress," said Charles F. Cichon, executive director of the NADDI.  "The statistics released this week show just how effective this system is at targeting meth criminals.  Clearly this system is working as intended."

"Michigan lawmakers deserve additional praise for passing laws earlier this year that will enhance the existing NPLEx system, including the implementation of a meth offender block list.  By placing more weight behind NPLEx, Michiganders should expect to see continued progress in the fight against meth production, further allowing state officials to shift their focus to the other aspects of the state's meth problem such as addiction and the increase in Mexican-made meth."

About NADDI

The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that facilitates cooperation between law enforcement, healthcare professionals, state regulatory agencies, pharmaceutical manufacturers in the investigation and prevention of prescription drug abuse and diversion.  NADDI also sponsors and conducts specialized educational seminars and conferences.

SOURCE National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators

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