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Cold Medicine Sales Restricted in Illinois

By AP/KWMU

Springfield, Ill – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich today signed a bill restricting sales of cold medicines that can be used to make methamphetamine.

Stores have to lock up medicines that contain the chemicals and can only sell two boxes at a time under the legislation pushed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

The medicines can contain no more than three grams of a chemical used to make meth. Meth is a highly addictive drug whose use is spreading in Illinois.

It also is extremely flammable and can explode during its illicit production.

Blagojevich signed another bill into law that will allow drug addicts to get treatment when they are released from state prison.

They will be eligible to participate in county-level "drug courts" that provide treatment instead of incarceration.

(The bills are SB2244 and SB2654. On the Net: www.legis.state.il.us

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