Anti-Smurfing Campaign

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Updated: 11/25/2013 7:17 pm
CLEVELAND, TN (WDEF-TV) The Anti-Smurfing Campaign kicked off in an attempt to slow the purchase of medicine with pseudoephrine in it for cooking meth.

Smurfing is the practice of purchasing cold and allergy medicines with pseudoephrine and selling it to methamphetamine cooks.

Dr. Terry Forshee, a pharmacist and owner of Cherokee Pharmacy in Cleveland, Tennessee, is faced smurfing and wants to stop it.

"We see it every day," Forshee said. "We are on the front lines of this activity."

He is very proactive in his stance against meth cooks. He has installed an implex system forcing anyone who buys ingredients for meth will have to swipe their driver’s license.

State officials don't want to deter law-abiding citizens from purchasing what they need, but they are growing tired of smurfing.

State Senator Todd Gardenhire said, ""If you're buying medication for someone who eventually makes meth out of it, well this campaign is made to put you on notice."

State Senator Mike Bell wants to lead the charge on smurfing.

Forshee wants to see more pharmacies to step up and put a stop to it, especially privately owned pharmacies.

"It's an advantage we have is we know our community, we know our patients, and when someone that's not our patient comes in to do that, it our awareness," said Forshee.

They hope to get more pharmacies and groceries to volunteer and place literature for the public to read.

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