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Virginia to Crack Down on Cold Medicine Sales

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia state leaders will announce new restrictions for stores selling cold and allergy medicines commonly used to make the illegal drug methamphetamine by the end of the week, according to an Associated Press report.

Under the emergency regulations -- which could take effect later this month -- consumers will have to show identification when purchasing pseudoephedrine and other nonprescription drugs used to make meth.

Pharmacies and other stores that sell the medications must keep them behind the counter and keep a list of names of people who buy them.

Legislators plan to pass state laws to make those regulations permanent.

Thirty-seven states impose restrictions on the sale of pseudoephedrine and a federal law limits consumers to purchasing three packages of the drug in any single transaction.
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