Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Zephrex-D, a new decongestant touted to fight meth labs, is now available at Walgreens. It's coming to two more major St. Louis area pharmacies in coming weeks.
As previously reported by Patch, Zephrex D was expected to be available in St. Louis area pharmacies in November. It is now rolling out in Walgreens stores and available at select Walgreens at this time. Zephrex-D is manufactured by Maryland Heights based Highland Pharmaceuticals. Westport Pharmaceuticals is a subsidiary of Highland. Paul Hemings, with Westport Pharmaceuticals, tells Patch, that in addition to Walgreens, Zephrex-D will be in two more major pharmacies in the St. Louis areas in the next week or two. Hemings is holding off on making the two additional pharmacies public citing privacy agreements with the companies. Overall, Zephrex-D is only being sold in the St. Louis market, including St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson…
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Employees of a business in the 1200 block of South Kirkwood Road called police when they noticed suspicious activity.
A tip from employees of a Kirkwood business led to the arrest of three adults last week on meth-related charges. On Oct. 1 at 11:08 a.m., police received a report of suspicious activity at a retail business in the 1200 block of South Kirkwood Road. Employees reported three adults inside the business buying items consistent with the production of methamphetamine, according to the Kirkwood Police Department. Police located the adults and arrested the three for appropriating materials for the production of methamphetamine. The cases will be referred to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review. The incident follows a meth-related shoplifting arrest in the area in August. During the week of Aug. 13-19, police arrested a …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Highland Pharmaceuticals plans to offer Zephrex-D in St. Louis pharmacies by November. The new decongestant reportedly cannot be converted into meth and might not require a prescription.
A new decongestant set for sale in St. Louis area pharmacies in November is touted as meth-resistant and gaining support by area drug agents. Zephrex-D, manufactured by Maryland Heights based Highland Pharmaceuticals, is a new pseudoephedrine product that police and the drug's maker hope will stop meth cooks in their tracks. "St. Louis is our test market and it's our opportunity to get some consumer learning and make sure all of our systems are going to work before we roll out nationally," Paul Hemings, with Highland Pharmaceuticals, tells Patch. "The reason we picked St. Louis, one we're headquartered here, and two, Missouri has the largest meth problem in the U.S. It's considered 'Meth Capitol U.S.A.' So what better place to start?" In…
Friday, July 20, 2012
Glendale Police said they found pseudoephedrine in the driver's car.
Richard Cullum, 39, of Dexter, MO, was charged Monday with possessing pseudoephedrine with the intent to make methamphetamine. Glendale Police said an officer pulled over Cullum’s vehicle for bad license plates at 1:09 a.m. Feb 8. A computer search showed his license had been revoked. After arresting Cullum, a search of his car found pseudoephedrine pills, according to the Glendale Police report. Bond was set at $5,000. For more crime information on Kirkwood Patch, see the following articles:
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Kirkwood Police Department aided Franklin and Jefferson County Police in the operation. Charges in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Twenty one people were arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of being part of a methamphetamine manufacturing and distributing network operating from 2009 to 2011, reports KMOX St. Louis. Sergeant Jason Grellner, Franklin County Narcotics Unit, told KMOX the individuals arrested had been discovered to be buying pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in meth, from Kirkwood drug stores, were a prescription for drugs containing pseudoephedrine is not required. Grellner told KMOX Kirkwood Police assisted in the operation. “The arrest of these individuals signals our Agency’s continuing commitment to eliminate the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine, a problem which plagues many of our rural counties and poses a serious health risk to …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Is meth moving into St. Louis County? What to watch for, plus a new drug that could eliminate the meth making process.
Franklin County Sheriff's Department Sergeant Jason Grellner has been busting meth labs since 1997. As the President of the Missouri Narcotics Association and the Unit Commander of the Franklin County Narcotics Unit, which works in conjunction with the St. Louis County Drug Task Force, he's also been following meth trends and knows where meth hot spots are around Missouri. He warns St. Louis County residents that meth is moving to their community and as previously reported by Patch has shared the numbers he said supports his claim. "There aren't many crimes we can stop in the end, but meth labs is one we can. And the only reason we haven't is is because the pharmaceutical companies are spending millions of dollars fighting us and the …
Friday, April 27, 2012
A drug agent had a meth lab blow up in his face and said it can happen to a curious child just as easily. He tells 'Patch' criminals are coming to St. Louis County to buy pseudoephedrine and that means meth is being made here, too.
Sgt. Jason Grellner, of the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, has been busting meth labs since 1997, but all that experience did not prevent a "shake and bake" meth lab from exploding in his face. "I'm missing 27 percent of my lungs," said Grellner, who is also president of the Missouri Narcotics Association. "I lost 27 percent of my lung capacity in 2002. I opened a container sitting in a driveway." If that can happen to an experienced drug agent, it can happen to any curious child who stumbles upon a plastic bottle or an adult who is picking up what is thought to simply be trash, said Grellner, who is the unit commander of the Franklin County Narcotics Unit, which works in conjunction with the St. Louis County Drug Task Force. This …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
If you ask the president of the Missouri Narcotics Association whose been tracking meth down for more than 15 years, the answer is "Yes."
Franklin County Sheriff's Department Sergeant Jason Grellner makes finding meth his mission. He's the President of the Missouri Narcotics Association and the Unit Commander of the Franklin County Narcotics Unit which works in conjunction with the St. Louis County Drug Task Force. Grellner said meth started showing up in the St. Louis area in 1996. That is 20 years after the FDA changed the drug pseudoephedrine, a decongestant that is also the key ingredient for making meth, from requiring a prescription to an over-the-counter drug. The FDA made that change in 1976. "Missouri has been the leader in meth labs for over a decade. 2010 was the only year we weren't ranked number one, Tennessee took us over and we were back as number one in 2011…