Illinois’ lawmakers continue to pass legislation that aims to stop the production of methamphetamines. Governor Pat Quinn signed off on Senate Bill 73 on Friday, making a pilot program that was designed to track pseudoephedrine purchases permanent. The Methamphetamine Precursor Tracking Act requires pharmacies to track the purchases ephedrine and pseudoephedrine online through the National Precursor Log Exchange. It also gives them the ability to stop sales of more than 7.5 grams of pseudoephedrine made within 30 days and purchases of 3.6 grams of pseudoephedrine made in a 24-hour time span.
Since the program began in 2009, it has stopped more than 103,319 boxes or 230,330 grams of pseudophederine from being used to produce methamphetamines. The NPLE has also assisted the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Teams with locating and seizing more than 150 labs and making more than 230 methamphetamine related arrests.