The number of methamphetamine labs in Illinois is dropping and area retailers could be a big reason why. The number of meth labs seized by police fell by nearly half during the 3rd quarter of 2006. Ingredients like ephedrine and pseudoephedrin commonly found in cold medicines are used to make meth.
But, according to statewide compliance checks right now 96-percent of pharmacies are obeying new rules to keep cold meds behind the counter. More than 81-percent of convenience stores checked no longer sell the ingredients.