EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- The Indiana attorney general's office and several industry groups are launching a statewide campaign to raise public awareness of criminals who purchase cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine to sell to methamphetamine cooks.
The practice is called "smurfing."
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The Indiana Pharmacists Alliance, the Indiana Retailers Council, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and other groups announced the anti-smurfing campaign Tuesday in Evansville.
The effort aims to inform consumers through signage at the point of sale that the simple act of buying certain cold or allergy product for a stranger can fuel Indiana's methamphetamine problem.
The public-private partnership was developed by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, a national association representing the makers of over-the-counter medicines.