Eight months after Texas legislators moved to crack down on methamphetamine, regulators haven’t inspected a single pharmacy or convenience store to check whether retailers are recording who buys drugs that contain meth ingredients, reports the Dallas Morning News. The law was meant to track repeat buyers of over-the-counter drugs containing pseudoephedrine, which are used to make meth. Lawmakers believed meth cooks would stop buying precursor drugs like Sudafed if they had to show identification.
The logs are handwritten, making a systematic check of buyers across a region impossible. “It is one of those things that probably sounded better on paper than it does in action,” said Jim Martin of the Texas Pharmacy Association. Some pharmacists said an electronic database of purchases would be more useful. Oklahoma, a hotbed of the meth trade, will launch a statewide database this summer. Texas law prohibits buying more than two packages at a time. A store cannot sell more than 9 grams of pseudoephedrine – about 300 pills – to a single customer during a 30-day period.