Meth law to track cold medicine sales in real time

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) - Indiana pharmacists and police officers are welcoming a new law that will require retailers to track sales of cold medicines in real time in an effort to curb methamphetamine use.

The law that takes effect Jan. 1 requires those selling ephedrine and pseudoephedrine to enter information about buyers and their purchases in a database. The system will issue "stop-sale" alerts if buyers try to purchase more than the allowable limit within a 30-day period. Buyers are limited to 7.2 grams, or about 240 cold pills, in that period.

Police officers tell The Republic the database will be less cumbersome than the current system in which officers collect log books containing information on sales and check them for known meth offenders and those exceeding the limits.

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