Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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December 3, 2013

Indiana AG unveils statewide campaign against 'smurfing'

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“Not only is [methamphetamine] something people can learn to manufacture themselves, but I think meth, when they talk about it being a scourge, the number of children that are brought in by Child Protective Services, I think a lot of that is related to meth addicts,” Zoeller said.

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 currently available at area pharmacies, though it’s costlier than typical cold and allergy medicines. Zoeller took a long-term approach in addressing that issue.

“Those are some things we would really like to see move online,” he said. “The problem is when you eliminate the local manufacture, you will have it quickly replaced by the drug trade coming up from Mexico.”

Mull said it is helpful to law enforcement officials to have leaders tightening laws, reinforcing penalties, and raising public awareness.

During a recent media event held near a pharmacy counter, Mull gave insight into how methamphetamine use affects the residents of Clark County.

“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 by the state’s 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.”

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