A proposal attached to the USA Patriot Act, which passed the House on Wednesday, would limit sales of the over-the-counter decongestants that can be used to make methamphetamine, The New York Times reports.
If it also passes in the Senate, Sudafed and similar medicines would have to be under lock and key in stores. Buyers would have to sign a sheet and show a driver’s license. Purchases would be limited to one box a day and three boxes a month. Thirty-four states have enacted similar restrictions, and these sorts of controls have long been advocated by officials of the Drug Enforcement Administration, who argue that controlling the supply of the medications is the best way to reduce abuse.