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Mo. Attorney General launches new anti-meth campaign

Smurfs are people who buy cold and allergy medicine and sell it to people who make meth. Smurfs are people who buy cold and allergy medicine and sell it to people who make meth.
Glaser says signs are not going to fix Missouri's meth problem. Glaser says signs are not going to fix Missouri's meth problem.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants to cut down on the number of smurfs giving Psudoephedrine to meth users.

Smurfs are people who buy cold and allergy medicine and sell it to people who make meth.

So the state wants to put up signs in pharmacies across the state to warn people that there are serious consequences to smurfing.

Sergeant Kevin Glaser with the SEMO Drug Task Force says signs discouraging the illegal reselling of Psudoephedrine isn't going to fix Missouri's meth problem.

"I equate it to taking a sign that says 'bank robbery is against the law' and putting that in a bank," Glaser said.

Missouri still leads the nation in meth production with nearly one in six seizures across the country happening in the Show-Me-State.

Kentucky was third with more than 1,600 cases.

Specifically in Missouri, the southeast part of the state faired well, something Glaser says can be attributed to several towns making Psudoephedrine available only by prescription.

"We're showing about a 60% decrease in meth labs because all of southeast Missouri has a prescription ordinance in place," he said.

And Glaser says to see that decrease state wide, Missouri needs to adopt a similar law, not signage.

"The silver bullet is to make Psudoephedrine prescription only. That is what will work," he said.

The state also released a list of home addresses where meth or meth making materials were found.  You can find that list here.

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