Published November 26, 2005
WASHINGTON -- Congress is poised to pass a new law to restrict over-the-counter sales of some decongestant pills that have been widely purchased by drug dealers to make methamphetamine--the use of which has gone up more than 150 percent in the last decade.
A House measure expected to pass in coming weeks would require stores to keep pills such as Sudafed--which contain pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used in making meth--in a locked cabinet behind a counter. Consumers would be limited to 3.6 grams, or about 120 pills, per day, and 9 grams, or about 300 pills, per month. Purchasers would also have to show identification and sign a logbook.