Ohio bill would require tracking of cold med sales

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A proposal in the Ohio House would require retailers to digitally track sales of some over-the-counter allergy and cold medications used to make the illegal drug methamphetamine.

The Dayton Daily News reports Friday (http://bit.ly/yDlbY6 ) the bill sponsored by Republican state Rep. Terry Johnson of McDermott would allow real-time tracking of the medications through a national exchange.

The legislation would apply to pseudoephedrine and ephedrine, ingredients used in at-home and portable meth labs that can lead to explosions and fires.

Ohio in 2006 began requiring purchasers of pseudoephedrine to sign a log book, and officials say meth manufacturers turned to portable labs for smaller batches. The one pot or shake-and-bake labs use a two-liter bottle or other container to mix ingredients.

The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants supports the new proposal.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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