County Executive and Sheriff Announce
Program to Combat Meth Production

October 23, 2009 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders will announce the County’s use of a new ground-breaking tool to combat methamphetamine (meth) production. Sanders will be joined by Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp in launching the County’s participation in MethShield, a real-time, Web-based program enabling law enforcement officials, pharmacists and retailers to track the sale of medications that can be used to create methamphetamine. The news conference will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 26, on the first floor of the Courthouse Annex in Independence (308 West Kansas Street, 64050).

The pilot program, scheduled to last one year, will begin being used in Jackson County on Monday, with 36 pharmacies across the County taking part.

Laws limit the purchase of over-the-counter medications that contain pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine. However, current methods to track the purchase of these products are often ineffective.  This new technology will alert law enforcement officials in real-time if an individual is attempting to make an illegal purchase.

MethShield is the United States’ version of a system initially developed in Australia. During its first year of use, the system reduced the number of meth labs by 37 percent in the Australian state of Queensland—an area twice the size of Texas.

“MethShield has a proven record of success,” said MethShield President and Creator Shaun Singleton. “It’s 100 percent safe and secure and will help law enforcement reduce the number of meth labs in Jackson County.”