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Ind. panel backs bill on tracking meth ingredients

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ An Indiana House committee has approved a bill to require computerized tracking of cold medications used in making methamphetamine.

The House public health committee voted 8-2 Tuesday to advance to the full House the bill that it slightly toughened from a version that the Senate previously approved.

The new restrictions would limit people to buying cold medicines containing 7.2 grams of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine in a 30-day period. The Senate version had set that limit at 9 grams.

The committee didn’t act on a request from the commander of the state police anti-meth unit that sales of those cold medicines only be allowed at Indiana’s 1,400 pharmacies. First Sgt. Niki Crawford says the medications are now available at some 8,500 locations, including convenience stores and other retailers.

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