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Illinois Considering Pseudoephedrine Restrictions

Illinois State lawmakers are working on a bill that might make it a little harder to get cold medicine at the local drugstore.

Under the legislation, those who come down with the sniffles and want a cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine will first have to get a prescription from their doctor.

Pekin Police Chief Greg Nelson says the reason for the crackdown is that pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient used to make methamphetamine.

He says a similar law has worked well in Oregon and Mississippi.

Products with pseudoephedrine are already kept behind the pharmacy counter and those wishing to buy it must show an I-D and sign a log.

But nelson says that isn’t doing enough to curb the problem.