Scott County pharmacies switch brands to foil meth

9:00 am | May 31, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. — Some Scott County pharmacists have taken Sudafed off their shelves in an effort to slow methamphetamine manufacturing.

A number of drug stores have replaced Sudafed with Nexafed. WVLT-TV reported pharmacists say the ingredients are the same, but there is an important difference in the medicines.

If meth makers try to extract pseudoephedrine from the new pills, they won’t break down, instead turning into a thick paste.

The station reported all of the family-owned pharmacies in Scott County have switched compounds, but the chain stores have not.

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