Some Middle Tennessee businesses are putting lithium batteries behind the counter to help combat the rising scourge of methamphetamines.
According to meth task force agents, lithium strips, found in common household batteries, are a key component to making meth.
Because of that, lithium batteries are highly desirable to meth heads.
Teresa Conklin runs Tennessee Battery Sales in Dickson. Her shop recently pulled their lithium batteries off the showroom floor and put them behind the counter.
Conklin told Nashville's News 2, “We wanted to get it out of the showroom and out of the public's reach.
“We've seen reports on how they open the batteries like the little camera batteries, and pull this stuff out of it and it is mind boggling,” she continued, “I had no idea.”
Conklin doesn't ask for identification or take the names of people who purchase batteries. She says the move is mostly symbolic.
“You might think twice about asking for a case of those,” she said. “It is important to get it out of the public's reach. If they need a battery, I'll be more than happy to hand it to you and sell it to you.”
Will other battery retailers follow suit? Conklin doesn't think so, at least not right away.
Pharmacies have long been ahead of the meth game, keeping cold medicines behind the counter since the active ingredient in meth is pseudoephedrine.