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Capitol Health Call
May 10, 2006

Methamphetamine Bill

JAMA. 2006;295(18):2130. doi:10.1001/jama.295.18.2130-d

Since President George W. Bush signed the Combat Methamphetamine Act of 2005 as part of the renewal of the USA-Patriot Act on March 9, some senators have been concerned that the administration is dragging its feet implementing the new law.

The act requires that nonprescription products containing pseudoephedrine (found in common cold medications and used in the illicit manufacturing of methamphetamine) be placed behind store counters, forcing consumers to ask for the product. The act also limits the amount of medications containing pseudoephedrine that an individual can purchase and requires the purchaser to show photo identification and sign a log book. Some consumer groups and others argued the act's requirements place too big a burden on the consumer. Certain law enforcement groups also opposed the law, saying it would divert personnel away from trying to stop large-scale methamphetamine producers.

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