New Meth Law Goes on the Books Today in Missouri

JULY 15, 2005 - Posted at 7:17 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS, MO - Tighter retail restrictions go into effect today in Missouri for certain products that can be used to make the illegal drug methamphetamine.

Under new state law, cold medicines like Sudafed must be placed behind a pharmacy counter and sold only by pharmacy workers.  The new law also requires customers to be at least 18, show photo I-D and sign a log when they buy the medicines.

The restrictions apply to the powder pill forms of any products containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.  They do not apply to gel cap or liquid versions.

Missouri leads the country in its number of meth lab seizures.  The labs can explode, and breathing the toxic mix of chemicals used in them can be hazardous.

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