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Anti-Meth Bill Delayed

A measure introduced by California Senator Dianne Feinstein designed to curb the spread of methamphetamine has been put off until next year. The bill had been attached to the Patriot Act, but was remo

A measure introduced by California Senator Dianne Feinstein designed to curb the spread of methamphetamine has been put off until next year. The bill had been attached to the Patriot Act, but was removed at the last minute. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

The measure aims to restrict access to pseudoephedrine a decongestant found in many cold remedies. It's also one of the key ingredients used to make methamphetamine.

The bill would require stores to place all such medicines behind the counter. Purchasers would have to show ID and sign a logbook.

Howard Gantman is director of communications for Senator Feinstein. He concedes some major retailers have already taken steps to restrict sales.


Gantman: "Some stores have actually put it behind the counter. Other stores basically have a limit on how much can be bought at any one time. But this is sporadic, this is not all across the nation, nor is it all across California."

Gantman says senate leaders have promised to bring the bill up again early next year.

Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.