I just saw this at MetaFilter:

Feeling sick and thinking of buying over-the-counter cold medicine like Sudafed or Claritin-D? Be prepared to wait in line at the pharmacy counter, show a photo ID, and sign a log book. The nationwide restriction of medication containing pseudoephedrine or ephedrine begins this weekend. Why? Those 2 ingredients are used to make meth. (NPR audio piece).
And here’s a little extra doubleplusgoodness for you. The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005, which is part of the Patriot Act not only “bans over-the-counter sales of cold medicines that contain the ingredient pseudoephedrine” and limits the “amount of pseudoephedrine that an individual can purchase each month,” but also requires stores “to keep personal information about purchasers for at least two years.


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