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Officials Hope Proposed Law Will Limit Meth Production

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says a law awaiting the governor's signature will crack down on the production of methamphetamine. Madigan says the law will be among the toughest in the nation.

Flanked by law enforcement officers and retail executives, Madigan said the law will limit over the counter purchases of cold medication containing ephedrine and pseudoephrine to two per transaction.

Those two ingredients are key to producing meth. Madigan said illegal meth use is the state's fastest growing drug problem, and that she expects the epidemic to continue to grow.

"What we're trying to do here in Illinois is slow it down to the extent that we can," Madigan said. "What we're trying to do is put some impediments in place, make it more difficult for people to manufacture meth."

Ilinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is expected to sign the bill within 60 days.

The law will take effect January 1.

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