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Fitzgerald- House Bill 216 would put the cold medicine Sudafed behind store counters, forcing customers to ask for it.

The medicine is commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine. The measure also requires wholesalers to report to authorities when a store buys an unusually large amount of cold medicine.

"It takes approximately 600 pills to do a small batch at one time and if they don't have too much on hand at one time then it's not going to be easy access," says Ben Hill County Sheriff Bobby McLemore.

Other provisions in the bill would put a 3-box limit on the amount of Sudafed customers could buy, and require retailers to get a state license to sell medicine containing pseudoephrine. The bill will now go to the state Senate.

Posted at 5:10 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com