D.A.: Alternative drug could aid meth fight



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HUNTSVILLE — Amid news that Tennessee has surpassed Missouri as the U.S.’s top state for methamphetamine production, 8th Judicial District Attorney General Lori Phillips-Jones says that a new alternative to Sudafed could help law enforcement combat the illicit drug.

In a Sunday meeting with the Stand in the Gap coalition, Tennessee state Rep. David Hawk, R-Greeneville, and Kentucky state Rep. Rick Nelson, D-Harlan, Phillips-Jones said that Nexafed could provide an answer in the meth fight.

Sudafed, a popular cold relief drug, contains pseudoephedrine as its active ingredient, which is also the most important ingredient in the meth-making process. Without it, law enforcement officials say, meth would be virtually impossible to make in clandestine labs such as the ones often found in homes, vehicles and discarded in roadside ditches in Scott County and throughout much of rural America.

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