Media Advisory from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
February 13, 2012
Contact: Sam Carlson

Texas Senator Craig Estes:
Real-Time, Stop-Sale Technology Is Working For Texas

AUSTIN, TX — Texas State Senator Craig Estes released the following statement today after monthly data gathered by the National Precursor Law Exchange (NPLEx) was released. Senator Estes authored legislation that addresses Texas' methamphetamine problem without burdening responsible Texans with a prescription requirement for safe and effective medicines containing pseudoephedrine (PSE), such as Advil Cold & Sinus, Claritin-D and Sudafed.

According to January's data, Texas' real-time, stop-sale technology - in just one month - blocked the illegal sale of more than 16,800 boxes and over 40,000 grams of medicines containing PSE. (PSE is an ingredient used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.)

"As January's numbers clearly indicate, Texas' real-time, stop-sale technology is working," Estes said. "NPLEx empowers pharmacists with the ability to block illegal pseudoephedrine sales, provides law enforcement officials with a critical tool to fight meth crime, and protects law-abiding Texans' access to reliable and affordable over-the-counter medicines."

"Just as importantly, NPLEx protects responsible Texans' access to popular and reliable cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine. The legislation Representative Drew Darby and I passed last session put NPLEx to work for Texas and ensured that our efforts to crack down on meth use and production were aimed squarely at meth criminals, not law-abiding citizens."

Senator Estes is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and represents Senate District 30 covering Archer, Baylor, Clay, Collin (part), Cooke, Denton (part), Grayson, Jack, Montague, Parker, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, Stephens, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, and Young counties.