Is Meth Law Working?

By Corinne Rose

June 18, 2010 Updated Oct 17, 2007 at 6:15 PM EDT

(Fort Wayne, IN) -- It's been nearly two years since we've all had to start signing pharmacy logs to buy some over-the-counter cold medicines.

So is that new law really is helping state police crack down on meth labs?

Now that indiana's law requiring you to sign for some over-the-counter cold medications that have ingredients used to make methamphetamine is in its second year, State Police have already more than doubled the number of meth cases they file with local prosecutors' offices... than in all of 2006.

But it's not wiping out the meth problem.

Rob Smith is one of 18 full-time state troopers dedicated to meth suppression.

Trooper Rob Smith/Indiana State Police Meth Coordinator: " It helps us track, and to see who is purchasing the large quantities of pseudoephedrine. We still have a big meth problem in the state of Indiana."

Smith says the pharmacies' registries are helping, but aren't fail-safe in tracking meth makers.

Trooper Rob Smith/Indiana State Police Meth Coordinator: " It's harder to locate them than you think. The address they they may have used is incorrect, or might not even exist, or might not even be a legitimate address for that individual."

That's because people move and don't update their drivers licenses.

But even if Smith can't find them, he can get arrest warrants, so the suspects can be picked up anywhere in the state.

And retailers' tips help, too.

Trooper Rob Smith/Indiana State Police Meth Coordinator: " Information from retailers that sell pseudoephedrine or ephedrine of people that are in there on a frequent basis. Also some people that are in there that have indications and signs that they possibly use methamphetamine, the outward signs."

State Police rely on you to call when you think something in your area looks or smells suspicious.

You can call the Meth Tip Line at 800-453-4756.

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