Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

State News

December 3, 2013

Indiana AG unveils statewide campaign against 'smurfing'

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Some on the frontlines have seen a dent in the meth problem.

Chad Burks, a pharmacist at Westmoreland Pharmacy, said he has seen improvements in the availability of pseudoephedrine while working at the Jeffersonville pharmacy.

“I think it is good. I’ve seen a significant reduction of druggies walking into the door,” Burks said of state and federal efforts to curtail illegal usage of pseudoephedrine. “They have pretty much locked down the channels.”

Burks said when customers come into the pharmacy and attempt to purchase pseudoephedrine, that person’s information is taken from a driver’s license and entered into a database, Meth Check, which tracks pseudoephedrine purchase history. If the database shows that person has reached the legal purchase limit, he or she will be turned away.

Burks said the Jeffersonville Westmoreland Pharmacy does not have to often decline the sale of pseudoephedrine. He said people are not permitted to purchase more than 7.2 grams of pseudoephedrine in a 30-day period or 3.6 grams in a single day.

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.

Burks has witnessed first hand the results of Zoeller’s and other officials’ efforts.

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