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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says a new law that tracks the main ingredient used to make the drug methamphetamine is already producing impressive results.

Cooper said Thursday that the law, which took effect Jan. 1, has already blocked over 1,600 illegal purchases of cold medicine used to make meth.

The law requires pharmacies to use an electronic system that tracks purchases of products containing the ingredient pseudoephedrine.

Cooper says the new law comes just in time, as 2011 saw 344 meth lab busts in North Carolina, an all-time record.

Christopher Gauthier, executive director of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists, says pharmacies want to help prevent the manufacture of meth. But Gauthier says he’s worried the law creates new workloads for community pharmacists.

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