Law Enforcement Backs Meth Crackdown by Limiting Cold Medicine

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Illinoisans may soon find it more difficult to load up on medicine to battle sneezes and sniffles because of a growing drug problem.

Law enforcement and some lawmakers are pushing a proposal that would limit purchases of medicines that contain ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. They say people are loading up on products such as Sudafed and using them as key elements to make methamphetamine.

The measure would limit purchases to no more than two packages per transaction and the tablets would have to be packaged in special packs to deter theft.

Advocates say the drug problem is out of control especially in rural areas and these limits will deter meth makers. The proposal is now in a House committee and sponsors are confident it will become law this year.