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IN Attorney General Announces Anti-Smurfing Campaign

Indiana's Attorney General joined pharmaceutical leaders yesterday to announce a campaign to combat smurfing, a part of the meth production process

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Smurfing is the process of buying cold and allergy medicine that contains pseudoephedrine and selling it to meth producers.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller joined with the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance, the Indiana Retailers Council and other industry leaders yesterday to launch a statewide campaign to combat “smurfing”.

Smurfing is the practice of buying over the counter cold and allergy medicine that contains pseudoephedrine to sell to methamphetamine cooks.

The campaign will target consumers through signs at pharmacies to remind them that smurfing is illegal and a crucial part to the meth production process.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, a national group representing the makers of over-the-counter medicines, created the campaign. Indiana retailers will help spread the message on a voluntary basis. CHPA tested anti-smurfing posters to ensure that they communicate meaningful messaging without deterring legitimate consumers.

Claire McInerny

Claire McInerny is a reporter/producer for WFIU/WTIU news. She comes to WFIU/WTIU from KCUR in Kansas City. She graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas where she discovered her passion for public media and the stories it tells. You can follow her on Twitter @ClaireMcInerny.

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