SLED, Lawmakers cracking down on meth ingredients

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) – South Carolina law enforcement agencies are teaming up in the fight against drugs by the way you buy over the counter med's.

The so called "meth law" has been in place since 2005 placing restrictions on the purchase of drugs containing pseudoephedrine, which is used to make methamphetamine.

On the first of the year, SLED mandated a new computer logging system to keep up with Pseudoephedrine purchases. As opposed to the old written logs, the computer based program will connect to other Pharmacies in the state with real time data.

To purchase products with Pseudoephedrine now customers will have to swipe their ID's. A daily and monthly cap on the products is also lowered. Customers are only able to buy 3.6 grams per day, that is up to three boxes of medicine, or 9 grams a month.

"It is one of the most devastating drugs I think out there. This enables law enforcement to take a very proactive step," Director of SLED Reggie Lloyd said.

Pseudoephedrine is found in medicines such as Sudafed, Claritin-D and Zyrtec-D.

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