Meth continues to be a major problem in Illinois and there's
a new push help to cut down on production.
Meth is one of the most widespread and dangerous drugs on
What's worse — just about anyone can make it right at home.
It just takes the right mix of ingredients—including a common
over–the–counter medication, like Pseudophedrine pills that you get for a cold.
Pharmacists already keep medicines like Sudafed and Mucinex
behind the counter, and you have to show ID.
But Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp said that has
not put a stop to Meth.
"They'll buy one box at one location and then go to
another location. It's called pill
shopping," said Kettlekamp.
So to try and cut down on abuse — one lawmaker wants to make
the pills prescription only.
An idea cold sufferers aren't happy about.
"If I have a headache during the middle of the night
and I get up I don't want to go and try and find a doctor to get a prescription
I just want to go and get it," said Josephine Butler, who opposes the
Josephine Butler said it's not going to punish the right
"When I go in the store you can kind of look at me and
tell I'm not gonna make any meth. I'm in pain I need some medicine," said
Not to mention the added costs.
"It can take me at least a couple weeks to get into the
doctor and then it's gonna cost me my co-pay when i could just now go to the
grocery store and pick it up off the shelf. It's outrageous," said Kettlekamp.
At least right now they can track Psudophedrine purchases at
That's how police figure out who's cooking the drug.
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