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Drug Agents praise new Georgia medicine law

Albany -- Drug agents say a new Georgia law curbing the sale of cold medicine will help slow the epidemic of methamphetamine in the state. But they say other states need to join the fight.

Under the new law, drugs like Sudafed that contain pseudoephedrine, will have to be sold behind retail sales counters. Sudafed type medicines are a key ingredient in the manufacture of meth.

 Drug agents say meth makers will have to seek new sources. Drug Unit Commander Major Bill Berry said "This is going to help tremendously to run it into other states, or to make it harder to get. They will have to take extreme measures. It won't be as simple as going in and shoplifting cold medicine, or just buy a couple and move on."

 The majority pseudoephedrine drugs like Sudafed will have to be sold behind retail counters starting July First.

South Georgia pharmacists say they don't think the new law will bother most legitimate customers.

posted by jimw@walb.com 

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