Tackling Meth Head On in DeKalb and Jackson Counties

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Updated: 2/13/2013 7:26 pm
It's a small box that can cause one big problem.

Darrell Massey, a Pharmacist at Section Pharmacy in Alabama, says, "It's just killing our economy. It's making orphans out of our kids."

We're talking about pseudoephedrine; it's a problem that growing.

So much so, that Sand Mountain has been given a new nickname by officers, Meth Mountain.

Rocky Harnen, Chief Deputy with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office says, "Every little tool that we have to stop this is going to help us."

Those tools are adding up in Jackson and DeKalb Counties.

For instance, it's now a crime for any store, other than a pharmacy to sell Pseudoephedrine.

Mike O'Dell, the DeKalb County District Attorney, adds, "That's a tremendous help to us. It localizes the sales, and allows us to control who purchases these items."

You can only buy 7.5 grams of Pseudoephedrine a month, before you could buy 9.

O'Dell adds, "It will greatly reduce the opportunities for meth cooks to make their product."

New Alabama laws also call for stricter identification requirements when buying, and drug offender databases at all pharmacies.

O'Dell says, "By creating this database anyone whose been convicted of a serious drug offense will be put in that database."

So, even if you have a legitimate prescription for pseudoephedrine, you'll be blocked from buying it for up to ten years, depending on the charge you were convicted of.

O'Dell adds, "We have a solid and significant database which identifies the offenders in real time."

There are even keys on pharmacist's computers that allows them to communicate with police, and if you're doing something wrong, like buying the medication to make meth, remember that is now a felony in the state of Alabama.

It carries a one to ten year sentence.

Those new laws when into effect January 1st.

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