FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/02/2006
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
OBNDD SPOKESMAN MARK WOODWARD
(405) 521-2885 OR (800) 522-8031
NARCOTICS BUREAU LAUNCHES ELECTRONIC LOGBOOK TO HALT PSEUDO "SMURFING"
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics now has another tool to further reduce domestic methamphetamine production. Mark Woodward, Spokesman for OBN, says as of October 1st, 2006, an electronic logbook is now in place to better track people trying to purchase pseudoephedrine tablets to cook meth.
"When we placed pseudoephedrine tablets behind pharmacy counters in April of 2004, we also required customers to sign an in-store logbook to track the sales. This has been a tremendous deterrent. However, we knew that at some point we'd need to replace the paper logbooks with an electronic on-line system. And that system is now up and running."
Woodward says the new on-line database will prevent people from "smurfing" cold pills.
"Meth cooks could go from one store to another to buy two or three boxes at a time and we would have to physically go to each store and compare logbooks. Under the electronic system, each purchase is tracked in real time. When the customer's I.D. is entered into this on-line database it will show how much they've purchased in the last 30 days and accept or reject the sale. We will be able to determine if, for example, this customer was across the street at a different pharmacy just moments ago purchasing cold pills."
Woodward says the electronic system will help pharmacists and law enforcement tell if the customer has a head cold or is clearly going from store-to-store stockpiling large quantities of cold pills. Even prior to this new system, Woodward says operational meth labs have declined by more than 90-percent since 2004.