As of September 30, 2006, it became somewhat more difficult for a person with a cold, and a lot
more difficult for persons desiring to make methamphetamine from decongestant ingredients,
to readily obtain adequate OTC cold medicine for their needs. This is due to a federal law to stop
the manufacture of methamphetamine in illegal meth labs found in homes, garages, or
basements. To achieve this objective, the new restrictions require customers to show a picture
ID to purchase cold medicine such as NyQuil Cold & Flu, Actifed Cold & Allergy, and Claritin- D.
These and similar decongestant products that contain drugs that can be converted into
methamphetamine must be kept behind the store counters in most states. Customers must
sign a logbook identifying what they purchased and where they live. The logbook remains on
file for two years. This law restricts purchase to 3-6 grams of product/day and 9 grams/ month.
In Oregon and Mississippi these medicines are only available by prescription.