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WVRA: Implementing NPLEx resulted in a 35% percent reduction in PSE sales

BY Michael Johnsen

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Retailers Association on Tuesday issued testimony that the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) works in curbing the diversion of pseudoephedrine into methemphetamine. According to data obtained by the Kanawha County Substance Abuse Task Force, implementing NPLEx resulted in a 35% percent reduction in pseudoephedrine sales throughout the state.

"Today we have quantifiable proof that these laws, including the real-time pseudoephedrine blocking system, are indeed working," said Bridget Lambert, president WVRA. "The data show that even places like Kanawha County, where meth crime is traditionally the highest in the state, pseudoephedrine sales are down 68.5%," she said. "The NPLEx system, which went online Jan. 1, 2013, has had time to prove its value in monitoring and blocking pseudoephedrine sales."

According to a May 22 article in the Charleston Gazette, meth lab busts statewide are down 27% January through mid-April, compared with the same period last year, the WVRA noted. 

"Overall, these developments are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our law enforcement professionals and vigilance by the retail community. These results are a validation of the efforts of lawmakers who fought for the adoption of the NPLEx system and measures to strengthen our anti-meth laws," Lambert said. "There is no doubt that we still have a lot of work left to do in the fight against meth production in our state. Meth continues to take a heavy toll on too many of our families and communities. However, this news shows that the right approach to the meth problem lies in advancing sound policy solutions that crack down on meth criminals while protecting law-abiding consumers’ access to the medicines of their choice without imposing higher healthcare costs and unnecessary time off of work."

There are additional steps lawmakers can take to further strengthen current meth laws, the WVRA noted. For example, a system that prohibits meth offenders from being able to purchase pseudoephedrine-based medicines has resulted in dramatic declines in meth labs in those states where meth offender registries have been established, including Alabama, Kentucky and Oklahoma. 

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Bosco debuts new additions

BY Ryan Chavis

TOWACO, N.J. — Bosco Syrup, a family-owned business created in 1928, announced the debut of two new flavors, Sea Salt Caramel and Fudge Brownie. The new varieties will arrive in a 15-oz. squeeze bottle with a suggested retail price of $1.99 to $2.49.

“We’re tremendously excited to reintroduce Bosco to the national stage with two new flavors that we know our consumers will go crazy about,” explained Scott Sanders, co-owner of Bosco. “The launch of these flavors, coupled with coast-to-coast supply in Walmart and updated graphics, will help Bosco recapture its place as an iconic American favorite.”

Bosco Syrup is available across the nation at Walmart.

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CDC: 9.3% of U.S. population has diabetes

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA – More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One-in-four people with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it.

Another 86 million adults — more than 1-in-3 U.S. adults — have prediabetes, where their blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as Type 2 diabetes. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes within five years. 

“These new numbers are alarming and underscore the need for an increased focus on reducing the burden of diabetes in our country,” said Ann Albright, director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. “Diabetes is costly in both human and economic terms. It’s urgent that we take swift action to effectively treat and prevent this serious disease.”

Key findings from the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014 (based on health data from 2012), include:

  • 29 million people in the United States (9.3%) have diabetes;
  • 1.7 million people ages 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes in 2012;
  • Non-Hispanic black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native adults are about twice as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic white adults;
  • 208,000 people younger than 20 years have been diagnosed with diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2);
  • 86 million adults ages 20 years and older have prediabetes; and
  • The percentage of U.S. adults with prediabetes is similar for non-Hispanic whites (35%), non-Hispanic blacks (39%) and Hispanics (38%).

In 2012, diabetes and its related complications accounted for $245 billion in total medical costs and lost work and wages. This figure is up from $174 billion in 2007.

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