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Capitol Health Call
May 11, 2005

Methamphetamine Abuse

JAMA. 2005;293(18):2204. doi:10.1001/jama.293.18.2204-a

A federal bill called the Combat Meth Act of 2005, an attempt to respond to the illegal production, distribution, and use of methamphetamine in the United States, is wending its way through Congress. The bill, modeled after an Oklahoma law passed last year, requires pharmacists to oversee the sale and prevent the purchase of large quantities of certain cold medications containing pseudoephedrine. That law has been found to be an effective deterrent to the illegal production of methamphetamine, which can be manufactured from ingredients that include pseudoephedrine.

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