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Brookshire Brothers offering new medication that looks to deter meth usage

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff

Methamphetamine drug use has been on a constant rise across East Texas. The rise of the drug has caused law enforcement and pharmacies to look at new ways of combating the addictive drug.

Lufkin's Brookshire Brothers Grocery store chain thinks they have found the latest way to stop the drug from ever being produced.

The company hopes the drug Nexafed will be able to prevent meth cooks from making the powerful drug.

Nexafed is used to fight nasal congestion. The main ingredient is pseudoephedrine. The drug works like the popular Sudafed but cannot be broken down to be used in methamphetamines. Nexafed is currently the only medicine of its type on the market that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

"They are trying to be the next generation of pseudoephed products," said pharmacist Matt Baker. "When meth cooks go and extract the pseudoephedrine from the tablets in order to create the meth, it forms a gel and it is unable to be extracted."

Angelina County Lt. Sergio Luna said that meth usage has soared in East Texas over the last 15 years.

The 2013 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary by the U.S. Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration said that Texas is one of the states with the highest usage of meth.

Brookshire Brothers added Nexafed to its five Lufkin area pharmacies a couple of months ago and their hope is to help the community and law enforcement.

"I know selling that product; it's not going to turn into anything else," Baker said. "It's going to go and be a straight decongestant for those customers, and from the customers perspective they know that if that gets in someone else's hands than there is nothing they can do with it."

Luna said that law enforcement appreciates the new medication.

"Any narcotics investigation, actually puts a strain on your department and local agencies," Luna said "Any pharmaceutical company that can assist in preventing the manufacturing or distribution of meth will be greatly appreciated."

Baker hopes Nexafed is only the start in revolutionary medicines that help eliminate meth usage in East Texas.

Nexafed is a product of Acura Pharmaceuticals. According to the company's website, portions of the proceeds will be donated non-profit Meth Project as a way to raise awareness against meth usage.

For more information on Nexafed, you can visit their website.

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