Meth-makers are responding to limits on cold-medicine purchases by going small-scale. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says they’re using smaller amounts of pseudoephedrine and shaking it up with other ingredients in a two-liter pop bottle, for example.
A year after meeting with Southern Illinois leaders to address the “one-pot” meth making phenomenon, Madigan says her office has been working with retailers to better track cold medicine purchases, especially by people driving from Missouri to try to get around tighter restrictions in that state.
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“If you try to buy more than you should, we are aware of that,” Madigan says.
While meth makes a cheap high, it may not be the most prevalent. “The meth problem tends to be one that is a more rural problem,” says Madigan, “but the synthetic drug problem is one that we are seeing across the state.