Number Of Meth Labs On The Decline In North Carolina

The number of methamphetamine labs found by North Carolina law officers dropped 40 percent between 2005 and 2006. Authorities say that's largely due to a law restricting the sale of cold medicines used to make the illicit drug. The law, which took effect two years ago, requires anyone who buys cold tablets containing pseudoephedrine and ephedrine to show a photo I-D at a store counter and sign a log. State figures show there were 197 labs found in 2006, down from 328 the previous year.