A new law in Oklahoma placed new limits on consumers of pseudoephedrine today, placing the state among over 20 states who have adopted the use NPLEX tracking system. NPLEX, an electronic tracking system provided by the pharmaceutical industry, will be used by the state to track the purchase habits of consumers of cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine.
Under the new system, information about consumers and their buying habits will be added to a real-time database that is shared with other states that have adopted the NPLEX system. Additionally, individuals purchasing products containing pseudoephedrine will only be allowed to buy 7.3 grams per month, 60 grams per year, and 3.6 grams per day. A single box of 10 pills containing pseudoephedrine equals about 2. 4 grams.
Previously, Oklahoma had set limits on pseudoephedrine to 9 grams per month and 108 grams per year. Once a buyer has met their daily limit of 3.6 grams, they will also have to wait more than 72 hours to purchase more of the cold and allergy drug. The new law applies to all forms of medicine containing pseudoephedrine, including dry tablets, gel capsules, or liquids.
Lawmakers hope that the new restrictions will keep meth cooks from obtaining the pseudoephedrine they use to manufacture methamphetamine. Law enforcement officers and others who opposed the adoption of the NPLEX system believe that methlab cooks will eventually circumvent the tracking system, as they have done in other states, through a process known as smurfing.