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What is Meth Watch?

The Meth Watch Program is designed to help curtail the theft and suspicious sales of pseudoephedrine products and other common household commodities used in the illicit manufacturing of methamphetamine in small, underground labs. A key goal of this program is to promote cooperation between retailers and law enforcement agencies to prevent the diversion of legitimate products for illegal use.

Meth Watch is modelled after a highly successful program of the same name that originally started in Kansas as a public-private partnership. As news spread of its success, several American states began to adopt the Kansas model. That prompted the U.S. Consumer Healthcare Products Association to develop a national program that can be easily adapted elsewhere.

The Meth Watch objectives are to:

  • Increase awareness by retail employees and management of methamphetamine production and how precursor chemicals are diverted from legal products into illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.
  • Promote co-operation and teamwork between retailers and law enforcement professionals.
  • Reduce methamphetamine production without disrupting the availability of legal products.