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The Lowdown on Illinois' New Meth Prevention Efforts

If you've bought cold medicines like Sudafed or Claritin-D since 2006, then you know you have to fork over identification and sign a log to get it. That's because those medicines contain the chemical pseudoephedrine —one of the main ingredients used to make meth. Now, the state of Illinois, along with others is electronically tracking the purchase of over-the-counter drugs in hopes of knocking out methamphetamine production and use.

In the months ahead, electronic monitoring will be in place at all pharmacies across the state. For a better understanding of how this kind of electronic tracking works and why it matters, we turn to Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Eric Hall. He's a former statewide methamphetamine coordinator and still heads up many of the state's meth efforts.

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