Curbing the sale of OTC meds to meth producers

Attorney General Lisa Madigan held a press conference Wednesday with area lawmakers, retailers, pharmacists and law enforcement authorities to unveil two new methods to curb the sale of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient to the production of methamphetamine.

During the news conference, Madigan urged lawmakers to extend a law that allows pharmacies to block the sale of cold medicine to people who have exceeded their monthly limit. Right now the law is set to expire at the end of the year. Another part of that law allows for police to monitor a real time database that tracks who has purchased cold medicine and it registers how much that have purchased.

"If we don't act on this legislation in the fall veto session, unfortunately the authoization will expire in January and Illinois will become a pill shopper's paradise," said Madigan.

Click here to visit the Attorney General's MethNet website where you can find informational links about fighting meth in Illinois.

We all know meth is a growing problem in communities across the Tri-States.

The Quincy Police Department held a neighborhood meeting on September 28 to discuss the growing trend. An undercover officer told residents at the meeting that in the past, meth manufacturers were mostly in their mid-20's up to their 50's, but now there are many 18 to 19-year-olds making and using meth.

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