State aims to thwart meth producers with new regulations on the purchase of cold, allergy medicines
Residents who purchase medication that contains ingredients used in the production of methamphetamine will have to swipe their driver's licenses at the store counter under a new state law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder today.
The new measure, which will go into effect Jan. 1, applies to individuals who purchase cold and allergy medications that contain ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, the ingredients used as decongestants in the medicines but also to make highly addictive meth.
The measure aims to halt the practice of meth producers who go from pharmacy to pharmacy to buy cold and allergy medicines, said John Proos, R-St. Joseph, the bill's sponsor.
Michigan will become the 15th state to use the National Precursor Log Exchange, the electronic system used by law enforcement and pharmacies to track the purchase of medicines used to make meth.
New legislation will also limit the amount of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine customers can purchase in a single day and in 30 days.
That means individuals who purchase more than what's allowed by law will be stopped by the clerk, Proos said.
Manufacturers of allergy and cold medications will pay for the tracking at no cost to retailers or taxpayers.
Other measures signed today:
- Ban hallucinogenic drug methylenedioxypyrovalerone, which goes by the street name “bath salt”
- Make using a fake ID to purchase medicines used to make meth illegal
- Increase fines to $500 for retailers that fail to keep cold medicines used in meth production locked or behind the pharmacy counter