Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam recently signed a new bill into legislation that will make it easier for authorities to keep track of the sale of pseudoephedrine throughout the state. Pseudoephedrine, an over-the-counter cold medication is one of the key ingredients, or precursors, in the production of methamphetamine, also known as meth.
In 2010, there was a 47 percent increase in the number of meth lab busts in the State of Tennessee. In Johnson County alone, there were 17 meth lab seizures in 2010, compared to nine in the previous year. The recently passed legislation will allow for the utilization of a statewide and a real-time tracking system known as National Precursor Log Exchange, or NPLEx. This system will be in place by January 1, 2012.
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