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Cold Medicine Law An Attempt to Halt Ice Epidemic

Lt. Governor Duke Aiona signed into law a bill that makes it more difficult for people to buy large amounts of certain cold medicines. Lt. Governor Duke Aiona signed into law a bill that makes it more difficult for people to buy large amounts of certain cold medicines.

by Minna Sugimoto 

(KHNL) -- The state is making it tougher for drug dealers who manufacture their own crystal methamphetamine. 

Beginning October 1st, there will be new restrictions on the sale of products that contain Pseudoephedrine.

Pseudoephedrine can be found in several over-the-counter cold medicines.  But the ingredient is also desired by drug traffickers, who use it to make crystal methamphetamine, or ice.

Authorities say it takes a hundred cold tablets, plus some other ingredients, to make a gram of ice.

Monday, Lieutenant Governor James Aiona signed into law a bill that makes it more difficult for people to buy large amounts of these cold medicines. The new law cuts the amount of Pseudoephedrine that can be sold without a prescription. A person may purchase only one of these boxes a day, and no more than three boxes in a month.

"This will not eliminate the addiction problem of methamphetamine," Peter Carlisle, Honolulu prosecutor, said. "But it will do, what it will do is it will eliminate the meth lab problem."

"If we continue to do very well at dealing with the smuggling of drugs into this country, into our state, excuse me, that there may be people that might be inclined to create their own meth," Maj. Kevin Lima, Honolulu Police Department, said.

The new law also requires stores to place products that contain Pseudoephedrine in a secure area. A person wanting to buy the product must show identification and sign the retailer's log book.

Narcotics agents say there were 17 documented methamphetamine labs in Hawaii last year. This year, there's been just one.

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