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New Del. Law Cracks Down on Meth Production

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DELMAR, Del.- You may have to wait in line a little longer the next time you visit a pharmacy in Delaware. A new law requires people to show an identification card when purchasing cold and allergy medicine that contains pseudoephedrine, an ingredient that is used to produce methamphetamine. 

The law mandates that people enter their name into a national registry in order to buy medicine,including Sudafed and Benadryl, with the element.

The new system, called NPLEX or National Precursor Log Exchange, is a database that is used to track pseudoephedrine purchases. Retailers in other states share the information. 

Walgreens Customer Mark Burns thinks the measure is a good idea. 

"I think it is necessary," Burns said. "The way meth is going on right now, there's a big problem right now."

Burns is right. Delaware State Police said meth-related arrests increased by nearly 75 percent between 2011 and 2012. DSP said dangerous, odorless meth labs are on the rise too. Police said the number of meth labs went from none in 2011 to a dozen in Kent County in 2012. 

In 2013, DSP said they found seven meth labs in Sussex County and four in Kent County.

Pseudoephedrine is a key component in meth production.The new Delaware law will make it tougher for criminals to get the ingredient. Carol Butler says the law is necessary, but a little inconvenient. 

"It makes it harder for someone like me that just wants to take care of my allergies, or something by myself, before calling the doctor," Butler said, before she walked into Walgreens to make a purchase. 

While Burns thinks the law is useful, he believes people with ulterior motives will find a way around it. 

"If they don't get it, there will always be someone else to get it for them," Burns said.
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