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08/14/06 - East Texas

East Texas Meth Watch Program

by Larry Little 

Cold and allergy medicines are not dangerous but they can be in the wrong hands. "Sudafed is not dangerous, but there are certain people who can't take it because of certain health conditions like heart disease, but when people divert it and turn it into meth, yes, in that way it is dangerous," says Pharmacist Chris Alexander.

Chris Alexander is one of many East Texas pharmacists working with the Texas Meth Watch Program. Under the program some non prescription cold and allergy medicines are placed behind the counter. Customers can purchase limited amounts, but they must first sign a form and display a drivers license. "There are some people who get irritated, but the majority of people understand it's best for everyone," says Alexander.

Authorities say because of tougher purchase laws for cold and allergy medicines, they are starting to see positive results.   "The laws that make it harder to buy the chemicals necessary put in place have really helped with the labs and the labs seizures are down in the United States and East Texas," says Lt. David Young with the Lufkin Police Department.

East Texas authorities say the war on meth is far from over.  They're fighting a new war because meth is being shipped from other countries.   Authorities say they are also having a difficult time controlling the sale of cold and allergy medicines over the Internet.

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