NC AG: New Law Tracking Main Meth Ingredient Already Successful

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says a new law that tracks the main ingredient used to make the drug methamphetamine is already producing impressive results.

Cooper said Thursday that the law, which took effect Jan. 1, has already blocked over 1,600 illegal purchases of cold medicine used to make meth.

The law requires pharmacies to use an electronic system that tracks purchases of products containing the ingredient pseudoephedrine.

Cooper says the new law comes just in time, as 2011 saw 344 meth lab busts in North Carolina, an all-time record.

Christopher Gauthier, executive director of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists, says pharmacies want to help prevent the manufacture of meth. But Gauthier says he's worried the law creates new workloads for community pharmacists.

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  • by Me Location: ENC on Jan 13, 2012 at 04:45 PM
    I'm sure the people who have these labs have ways around it such as having people they know or even paying people to go to different drug stores to purchase it for them, most won't born in a barn and it sure won't stop them from making it! Now for me who takes allergy pills on a daily basis and its cheaper to buy OTC than getting my doc to write a RX, makes me mad when I have to sign my life away to purchase it, BUT I understand the concept, point is makers will find a way to get it!!
  • by Paul on Jan 13, 2012 at 11:35 AM
    A new black market opportunity.
  • by Cliff Location: Alttona, AL on Jan 13, 2012 at 10:20 AM
    Most Over The Counter Cold Medications No Longer Have Pesudopherdrine In Them. Those That Do Still Have It Should No Longer Be Sold Over The Counter, They Should Be Perscription Only, Period.
  • by Ticked Off Location: ENC on Jan 13, 2012 at 05:41 AM
    With THREE in the house that have sinus allergies I have no problem showing my ID to purchase Sudafed BUT DON'T tell me I CAN NOT GET ANY.(3x2x4x30=720) My wife doesn't buy this I am usually(90%) the one going to get it when we need it. Two Adults and ONE Child.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Jan 13, 2012 at 04:23 AM
    T: I never had an allergy or a sinus anything until 3-4 yrs.ago. Had a tick bite - lost my eyesight, paralyzed both legs knees down, no equilibrium, and sinus and allergies. Over 18 - 20 months tested neg. 5X for Lymes, and was tested for another 100........ Never diagnosed. That was the first exp. I had w/ sinus/ allergies. ---- some neurological malfunction they don't understand.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Jan 13, 2012 at 03:31 AM
    T: I take allergy meds everyday --- feel sorry for people w/ chronic sinus infections - had one told my dad --- I was toooooooo sick to go to the doctor. I do see what you mean about the meds and the way NC has got worked out. We buy Walmart or $ - store pills, change brands around every so often b/c I seem to get immune to them...... Good point you made - don't know what the good answer would be.
  • by t Location: mapel hil on Jan 13, 2012 at 03:27 AM
    life sentance??our jails are packed with non violent drug offenders child molesters,murders,etc being set free early.drug dealers dont want drugs legalized that takes away the profit.
  • by T Location: Plymouth on Jan 13, 2012 at 02:53 AM
    I will assume "shine" has never had a sinus headache or infection and suffers from no allergies whatsoever...the law is in place to slow drug traffickers not to keep normal people from receiving effective medication. I have a beef with the NC version though -er at least as it is posted in my local drug store...the sign says one can purchase 2 boxes of medication containing pseudoefedrine per 30 days...but it doesn't allow for boxes that contain less than 15 other words if I only purchase a box of 10 this week due to my budget then I can not purchase 2 more boxes of ten to get a months supply, I have to choose what days are more important to take my meds and what days I can go without even though I am prescribed these meds by my doctor and should take them every day.
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      by Hmm on Jan 13, 2012 at 03:54 AM in reply to T
      If your doctor prescribes you the medication, why are you worried about being able to buy over the counter medication and not being able to get enough? If a doctor writes a prescription, I dont see why a pharmacy would have a problem filling it!
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        by Well on Jan 13, 2012 at 05:20 AM in reply to Hmm
        Doctors do sometimes write prescriptions for over the counter drugs and the pharmacies don't keep track of those prescriptions.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Jan 12, 2012 at 11:54 PM
    Take it off the market completly --- will not stop the problem but it will slow it down.
  • by MAYBE Location: WS on Jan 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM
    Just maybe if all drugs were legalized and taxed. Then the taxes are used to set up places where people can go to get high, then crime may go down. Just a thought, I know it works in some European countries. It seems like the more you tell some people that can't do something, the more they try to do it.
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      by ??? on Jan 13, 2012 at 05:18 AM in reply to MAYBE
      I guess you want this country to be like a European country based on your post. Most americans do not want that with the exception of our current failure of a commander in chief.
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