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9/26/2011 - Crime Comission considering measures to stem methamphetamine - Click here to print this information

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State officials are considering new measures aimed at stemming the production of methamphetamine, including tracking the purchase of over-the-counter medicine that's used to make the illegal drug.

The General Assembly's Joint Commission on Health Care and the State Crime Commission are considering new steps to monitor purchases of pseudoephedrine, found in Sudafed and other cold and allergy medications. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Crime Commission staff is studying a pharmaceutical industry-supported database that tracks PSE purchases and blocks those exceeding legal limits.

PSE-containing drugs can be sold in Virginia in limited quantities to purchasers who show identification and sign for it. People are circumventing the law by using fake IDs or going from store to store to buy legal amounts.

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