Kansas pharmacists launch pilot to reduce meth use

August 15, 2008

Until now, Kansas has used a written logbook system to track the sale of OTC medications containing pseudoephedrine.

Some 128 pharmacies in Kansas are kicking off a year-long pilot with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to combat methamphetamine use in their state. Until now, Kansas has used a written logbook system to track the sale of OTC medications containing pseudoephedrine, which can be used to produce meth. This system, however, doesn't allow for the sharing of real-time information between pharmacists and law enforcement officials. Under the pilot, participants will be using MethShield, a real-time Web-based tool to keep track of pseudoephedrine sales. This technology, developed in Australia, has significantly reduced the number of meth labs in that country.

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