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New anti-meth law takes effect in Oklahoma

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KINGSTON, OK -- Beyond the greeting cards aisle and check-out counter at a pharmacy in the single stop-light town of Kingston, Oklahoma sits a drug that meth users fiend for.

It's called pseudoephedrine, or the chemical used to make methamphetamines.

Until now, pharmacists like A.J. Asgari with Kingston Pharmacy could only track when and where people in Oklahoma were buying pseudoepheds. That allowing abusers to travel across state lines to get their limit.

"We get a lot of across the state line issues," he said.

But because of a new law that went into effect Tuesday, Asgari now has access to a larger database called N. Plex, which keeps up-to-the minute record of pseudoephed purchases in 20 states, including Texas. If you exceed 3.6 grams in a day or 9 grams in a month, the sale is denied.

"You don't like to do it, you're always a little nervous because you never know who you're dealing with," Asgari said.

The goal is to reduce the amount of meth labs in Oklahoma and surrounding states.

Texas has had the same system in place at pharmacies for several years.

As a result, Rickey Wheeler with the Grayson County Sheriff's Office says he's seen a dramatic reduction in meth labs. He expects Oklahoma's new law will help cut down on the flow of meth across state lines even more.