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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- You may notice some restrictions the next time you buy cold medicines at the drug store.
A new law takes effect Thursday, cracking down on meth manufacturing. It's setting strict guidelines for buying ingredients to make the drug.
People buying over-the-counter cold medicines with ephedrine or pseudoephedrine are limited to just 7-point-two grams a month, and no more than 24 grams a year.
That's compared to 9 grams a month previously allowed.
Bullitt County authorities deal with meth on a regular basis and say ephedrine is an important ingredient in the drug, and when it's mixed with other chemicals it's deadly.
Robert Vaughn knows first hand the horrible effects of meth. He says his son's mother has been in and out of jail for meth use and manufacturing. He'd like to see strict laws put in place, and enforced.
Vaughn says, "Right now we're slapping them on the wrist and letting them walk and its not right. If we actually follow through with this law I think it will be a big help."
The state is also requiring pharmacies to replace the paper tracking system for the medicine purchases with an electronic system that will allow for more real-time tracking.