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NC close to requiring checking sale of cold meds

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina could soon require retailers to check cold sufferers against a national database if they want a remedy containing the key ingredient needed to make the illegal drug methamphetamine.

The House voted 110-6 on Thursday to give final legislative approval to requiring store clerks to register every sale of cold medications containing pseudoephedrine into a national database to make sure the buyer isn't stocking up on the chemical. Gov. Bev Perdue now must decide if she will accept the measure or veto it.

The retailer would reject the sale if the national database warned that the buyer has been on a pseudoephedrine buying spree.

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug cooked in hidden labs in a process that leaves behind hazardous chemicals that can catch fire or explode.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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