A bill likely to become law soon in Georgia will curb sales of the decongestent Sudafed (pseudoephedrine), a key ingredient in illegal methamphetamines. The Macon Telegraph reports that many Middle Georgia pharmacists already limit the number of pills you can buy, some well under the 300-pill limit in the bill. The pills’ main ingredient can be used with household and farm chemicals to manufacture the highly addictive drug.
Though methods vary, “meth cookers” need from one to three grams of pseudoephedrine, and a number of other ingredients, to produce one gram of methamphetamine. State and local law enforcement agencies say they’ve seen a steady increase in the number of meth labs.