A measure he authored is helping in the fight against methamphetamines, halting sales of a key ingredient used to make the illegal drug to potential manufacturers, state Sen. Carlin Yoder said in a statement Monday, April 7.
With Senate Enrolled Act 503, authored by Yoder in 2011, the state implemented a system to track sales of pseudoephedrine, sold at pharmacies as an antihistamine and a key ingredient in meth. The National Precursor Log Exchange, or NPLEx, system blocks illegal retail purchases of pseudoephedrine.
"The system continues to demonstrate impressive results. Last year, nearly 60,000 boxes were blocked from being illegally sold, keeping almost 132,000 grams of [pseudoephedrine] from potentially ending up in the hands of meth criminals," Yoder's office said in a statement.
Indiana recorded the most meth-related incidents of any state in 2013, according to a recent report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and Yoder, a Republican from Middlebury, referenced it.
“There is no question Indiana’s meth problem is unacceptable,” Yoder said in a statement. “We are all concerned with finding effective and targeted solutions to this issue, but it’s important to keep recent meth lab numbers in perspective.”
The spike in meth lab busts, he continued, stems from increased vigilance by law enforcement.
Yoder reiterated opposition to requiring a prescription to get pseudoephedrine, called for by some. That would increase costs for those who legitimately use the drug, "lost productivity for businesses and decreased tax revenues for the state," said Yoder's statement.