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Newsday reports that the US Senate has approved legislation that would require that over-the-counter cold remedies used to make methamphetamine be moved to behind pharmacy counters.

“The bill would require stores to sell Sudafed, Nyquil and other medicines only from behind the pharmacy counter,” Newsday writes. “Those medicines contain the ingredient pseudoephedrine, which can be extracted to manufacture the highly addictive drug that has wreaked havoc in communities across the country.”

Consumers would have to show a photo ID, sign a log, and would be limited to 7.5 grams in a 30-day period.

The Senate voted unanimously to add the measure to the Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill that is expected to pass the Senate next week. The appropriations bill has passed the House of Representatives, but without the anti-meth measure; it is unknown how President Bush would reach to the legislation.
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