NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A new law requiring the real-time tracking of pseudoephedrine purchases does not seem to have decreased methamphetamine production in Tennessee.
Beginning in January 2012, pharmacists were required to use a database to track sales of the over-the-counter drugs used to produce meth. Pseudoephedrine is the main drug but there are others. Collectively they are known as pharmacy precursors.
Despite the database, a report from the Comptroller's Offices of Research and Education Accountability found meth lab incidents between January and September 2012 were 6% higher than during the same period in 2011.
The report says Mississippi and Oregon have made precursor drugs prescription-only and have seen a decrease in meth lab incidents, but there could be other factors contributing that decline.
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