North Carolina’s Stop-Sale System Achieves Significant Results In Battle Against Meth
LUTHERVILLE, Md., July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) – a nonprofit organization that facilitates cooperation between law enforcement, healthcare professionals, state regulatory agencies and pharmaceutical manufacturers in the prevention and investigation of drug diversion – today lauded the latest results achieved by the real-time, stop-sale system in North Carolina. Data for 2012 released by the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) shows that so far this year, electronic technology in the Tar Heel State blocked the sale of more than 41,000 boxes of medicine containing pseudoephedrine (PSE), preventing more than 91,000 grams from potentially being diverted by meth criminals. NPLEx was fully implemented in North Carolina in January 2012.
“North Carolina’s brand new real-time, stop-sale technology is helping police officers and retailers make serious progress against meth production,” said Charles F. Cichon, executive director of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI). “Retailers have blocked thousands of unlawful attempted sales each month, and law enforcement officials are using information collected by the system to make arrests. The technology also benefits responsible consumers who are able to purchase the cold and allergy medicines they need for relief from common cold and seasonal allergy symptoms. Going forward, it’s important for North Carolina leaders to give the new technology time to work as it is clearly demonstrating it already is.”
The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that facilitates cooperation between law enforcement, healthcare professionals, state regulatory agencies, pharmaceutical manufacturers in the investigation and prevention of prescription drug abuse and diversion. NADDI also sponsors and conducts specialized educational seminars and conferences.
SOURCE National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators