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New tool helping law enforcement combat meth production

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Law enforcement agencies are teaming up with pharmacies to prevent a crime called smurfing, which is now a felony.

Smurfers shop from pharmacy to pharmacy to purchase over-the-counter drugs containing pseudo ephedrine, an ingredient used to make methamphetamine.  

Friday morning, Etowah County authorities revealed a campaign used to educate the public about smurfing and the dangers of meth.

Pharmacies use a system called NPLEx, which tracks pseudo ephedrine purchase.

"Just in the first two months of this law, we have seen lab production of meth across this region drop by almost 80 percent," said Rob Savage of the Etowah County Drug Task Force.

The Etowah County District Attorney said because of the law fewer people are coming across state lines to buy pseudo ephedrine.

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