Kansas Program Monitors Pharmacies for Meth Abuse

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A Web-based pharmacy monitoring program is being launched this week in Kansas. It comes as law enforcement
officials battle a rise in meth labs across the state.

The 12-month pilot program is dubbed MethShield. It includes about 128 pharmacies taking part in 62 counties that will be immediately reporting sale of medications that can be used to make meth.

Jeff Brandau, a special agent in charge for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, said the state is inundated with meth labs.

The agency found 97 meth labs through July, matching the total for all of 2007. The figure is still below numbers of just a few years ago, but authorities say it marks a troubling turnaround.

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