Let's eliminate meth labs, not find more of them

February 15, 2011

In response to a Drug Topics column that viewed e-tracking as the solution to illegal methamphetamine use, a law-enforcement veteran speaks out about the drawbacks connected with e-tracking systems.

Key Points

Meth incidents increase in e-tracking states

The latest twist with e-tracking is a Meth Offender Registry that attempts to prevent criminals from buying PSE. The reality is that meth cookers don't need to buy PSE - there are hordes of people willing to make a quick buck by purchasing the PSE for them. Coupled with the rampant availability of false identifications, anyone can buy PSE as often as they choose. This is why states with e-tracking systems continue to have increasing numbers of meth labs.