A stern warning is being sent to anyone who buys medicines containing pseudoephedrine to manufacture methamphetamine or sell it to meth cooks. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says it is now a felony to be involved in such activity.
Attorney General Zoeller made that statement at the kick off a statewide public awareness campaign during a press conference held at Fagen's Pharmacy in downtown Gary.
The state's top attorney was joined by Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Lake County Prosecutor Bernie Carter and representatives from the Indiana Retail Council and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.
The attorney general's office has identified "smurfing" or the illegal buying of pseudo ephedrine products on behalf of meth cooks as a "contributing factor" for the increase in meth use in the Hoosier state.
Zoeller also spoke about a new website that targets prescription drug abuse; http://www.bitterpill.in.gov. The website also illustrates what's being done to fight the epidemic.
Top photo: (L-R) Indiana Attorney general Greg Zoeller, Lake County Prosecutor Bernie Carter, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Doug Monahan Indiana Retail Council
Bottom photo: Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller launches new state-wide awareness campaign on presciption drug abuse, complete with new posters to publicize the epidemic and a new website Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Fagen Pharmacy located at 506 Boradway in Gary.
(photos courtesy of Jay Stevens/Radio One COmmunications)