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A new meth ingredient tracking system is launched

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RICHLAND, Wash.--A new meth ingredient tracking system is launched. An online computer program will now track real-time purchases of drugs like sudafed at drugstores or supermarkets.

That means officers will know right away when someone makes a purchase. It could help them stop potential meth makers before they even get started.

Richland Police Captain Mike Cobb says "we've actually sent volunteers to the different markets that distribute sudafed products. They take the information off a log, enter it into a database and provide that information to our street crimes unit. Now with the electronic reporting, it's going to make that same process much less staff intensive."

Retailers and law enforcement are just now learning how to use the new system. They can start using it on October 15th.

The tracking system takes a picture I.D. and a recorded amount of the drugs bought. It also can show the cashier if the person trying to buy the medicine has exceeded the amount they are allowed to buy.