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New product set to be released could help the war on meth

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Pseudoepherine, that ingredient found in several cold medications was among several items shown during a demonstration of what an active meth lab might look like. Pseudoepherine, that ingredient found in several cold medications was among several items shown during a demonstration of what an active meth lab might look like.

A product set to be released next month could be the newest weapon on the war on meth.

Local and state agencies met with the public on Monday night for an up close look at how they're tackling the epidemic. 

14 News was given a first hand look at what a meth lab looks like and the process involved in cleaning one up. 

"I've known people who have really been affected by it," said Mike Wilson.  

Like many people here at the CK Newsome Center, Mike Wilson has heard how devastating methamphetamine can be to a person and their family. That's why he's eager to learn what authorities are doing to stop the problem and the role the community will play.

"We're also curious as to what will happen to cold medicine, if it's going to be prescription or how difficult that's going to be or what solutions they have to controlling this," Wilson said.

Pseudoepherine, that ingredient found in several cold medications was among several items shown during a demonstration of what an active meth lab might look like.

"This is the currency of methamphetamine. It really is," the speaker said.

That box of pseudoepherine is the key ingredient used in several different methods of cooking meth.

"Pseudopherine is the thing they had to have in this method because basically all you're doing is removing an oxygen atom of a molecule of predetermine to become methamphetamine," the speaker said.

But next month, state police say breaking down pseudoepherine might not be as easy. A new form of the drug is set to be released in November that contains a coating around the drug that authorities say has not been shown to break down in several tests.  

It's a breakthrough they hope might help breakdown the number of meth labs not only in Evansville, but across the country.

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