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House okays limits on cold medicines

By Dave Thompson

Bismarck, ND – North Dakotans are likely to be facing limits on the cold medicine they can buy.
It's part of the Legislature's effort to curb the state's methamphetamine problem.

Some cold medicines contain a chemical called pseudoephedrine, which can be used to make methamphetamine. By restricting the buying of cold medicine -- North Dakota law officers say it could be more difficult for meth makers to get what they need.

Rep. Blair Thoreson (R-Fargo) said he became a co-sponsor -- after Fargo police busted a so-called "shooting gallery" close to where he lives -- and close to an elementary school.

"When I heard about this happening just two blocks from where I live, and literally within several hundred feet of a school, I decided I needed to step up and get tough on methamphetimine, because this is ruining many lives in our state."

The bill is part of a package of anti-meth measures. The House passed it 93-0 -- and the bill will now be considered by the Senate.