Quantcast

Oklahoma officials credit pseudoephedrine monitoring program for - KOAM TV 7

Oklahoma officials credit pseudoephedrine monitoring program for fewer meth labs

Updated:
For about a year now, the State of Oklahoma has been teaming with neighboring states to monitor sales of pseudoephedrine.  There's a limit of how much a person can purchase, and an automatic system can tell if that limit has been reached, regardless of from which state the pseudoephedrine was purchased.  

90,000 sales of pseudoephedrine, a decongestant, have been blocked at store registers in Oklahoma within the past year.

"Some patients may be upset by that," says Michael Frye, a pharmacist at Osborn Drug in Miami.  "But they do understand the reasoning for all of this."

Oklahoma is one of many states in the nation trying to decrease methamphetamine production.  Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in the illegal drug.  Police say the only difference in chemical composition between pseudoephedrine and methamphetamine is oxygen.

"You control pseudoephedrine, you control the number of meth labs," says Eddie Wyant, Oklahoma District 13 Attorney.

Wyant says police in Northeast Oklahoma have found about 20 meth labs in the area within the past year, down from about 40.  Wyant believes there's a correlation between this and the pseudoephedrine sales monitoring system used by pharmacies in Oklahoma and neighboring states.  

When a person tries to buy pseudoephedrine, the bar code on their driver's license is scanned.

"If I was over my limit, then it (computer message) would pop up saying I was not eligible to purchase.  Throughout a weekly basis, we'll see maybe one or two rejected claims when we run it through our point of sale system," says Frye.

Police say though not every one of these rejected sales come from a meth addict or producer, meth crime has certainly decreased.  But Wyant believes those crimes could decrease further.

"What does the public want to do?  I mean, what is the appropriate number of meth labs for your state," says Wyant.

"Wyant is part of a continued push in Oklahoma to make pseudoephedrine a prescription drug.  

The daily purchase limit of pseudoephedrine in Oklahoma is 3.6 grams, the monthly limit is 7.2 grams, and the yearly limit is 60 grams.
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Vehicle Driven By Teen Crashes Through Erie High School

    Vehicle Driven By Teen Crashes Through Erie High School

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:22 AM EDT2018-04-22 15:22:02 GMT
    At about 11:30 pm, April 21st, a vehicle crashed into the front door of Erie High School. According to USD 101 Superintendent Steve Wolf, a 16-year-old male from St. Paul drove a pickup truck through the hallways of the school. The incident damaged doorways, walls, furniture and the antique Richey's Drug Store soda fountain. The Erie Police Department arrested the teen at the scene. School officials are working to get the scene cleaned up in time for class on Monday. h...More >>
    At about 11:30 pm, April 21st, a vehicle crashed into the front door of Erie High School. According to USD 101 Superintendent Steve Wolf, a 16-year-old male from St. Paul drove a pickup truck through the hallways of the school. The incident damaged doorways, walls, furniture and the antique Richey's Drug Store soda fountain. The Erie Police Department arrested the teen at the scene. School officials are working to get the scene cleaned up in time for class on Monday. h...More >>
  • Local Woman Recalls Meeting Barbara Bush

    Local Woman Recalls Meeting Barbara Bush

    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:15 PM EDT2018-04-21 22:15:10 GMT
    Barbara Bush's passing has impacted many people in the country and that includes a longtime Joplin resident who had the opportunity to do Mrs. Bush's hair. Letha DeMier met the former first lady in November of 1998. Mrs. Bush visited Joplin to make a keynote speech at the Freeman Quality in Medicine Award. DeMier received a call requesting that she style Barbara Bush's hair before her speech. While DeMier says it was a little intimidating at first, she says the former first ...More >>
    Barbara Bush's passing has impacted many people in the country and that includes a longtime Joplin resident who had the opportunity to do Mrs. Bush's hair. Letha DeMier met the former first lady in November of 1998. Mrs. Bush visited Joplin to make a keynote speech at the Freeman Quality in Medicine Award. DeMier received a call requesting that she style Barbara Bush's hair before her speech. While DeMier says it was a little intimidating at first, she says the former first ...More >>
  • Happy 107!

    Happy 107!

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:26 PM EDT2018-04-20 23:26:42 GMT

    Two very special Neosho County women are approaching an amazing milestone. They're both turning 107 in the coming weeks. 

    More >>

    Two very special Neosho County women are approaching an amazing milestone. They're both turning 107 in the coming weeks. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.