Anti-smurfing campaign rolled out

POSTED: 9:17 PM Dec 09 2013   UPDATED: 9:22 PM Dec 09 2013
KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

Lawmakers are teaming up in Kingsport to raise awareness of a new campaign that aims to prevent people from engaging in the practice known as "smurfing."

"Smurfing" is the term used when people buy cold and allergy medications that contain Pseudoephedrine, and re-sell it to meth makers.

The goal of this new public awareness campaign is to let people know the practice of buying and re-selling the medicine--is illegal.

"I think what we're doing is telling the public to look for it and we're telling those who would be smurfers to not do it," said State Rep. Tony Shipley of Tennessee's 2nd District.
    
Consumers may notice new anti-smurfing signs posted at area pharmacies.