The state has tried hard to stop people from buying pseudoephedrine to make methamphetamine, but FOX23 has uncovered yet another loophole. FOX23 investigative reporter Janna Clark found out what the meth makers are doing now.
It's legal to get pseudoephedrine but only in certain amounts. The problem is people are using multiple IDs to be able to get much more.
Pseudoephedrine is in a lot of over-the-counter medications. So that's why pharmacies keep it behind the counter. Pharmacists like Debbie Wells with Saffa Compounding Pharmacy tell FOX23 any time someone buys any medication with pseudoephedrine it's tracked in a computer system that's monitored by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and other law enforcement.
"It will monitor all the Sudafed that has been purchased through that patient," said
As hard as the state tries to stop people from making meth, pharmacists say it's not completely working because medications with pseudoephedrine are tracked by the number on the IDs shown. However, people are using several IDs like a license and military ID to get more than their share.
Police tell FOX23 some people use fake IDs or out-of-state licenses to get more or do what's called smurfing, paying someone else to use their ID to buy them medication. That's leaving pharmacists in a bind.
"We are just really strict on monitoring that and making sure it's going to be a state-issued ID," said
FOX23 talked to both Tulsa police and agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics to find out if anything's in the works to try to stop this. They said all they can do right now is keep an eye on the tracking system done through the register and watch for pharmacies that are selling extreme amounts of pseudoephedrine.