The City of Lubbock is now the first in Texas to limit the sale of pseudoephedra products, or products used to manufacture methamphetamines. Store owners will now be required to keep the products under lock and key.
The State of Oklahoma passed a similar ordinance in 2004. Studies show the number of meth lab busts have been reduced by 80 percent because of that. Lubbock City Council members hope for the same.
For consumers to now buy the pseudoephedra products, such as Sudafed, you have to be 18, show a photo ID, and write your name on a log so the store has record of you buying it.
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A Closer Look at Meth
City council members believe this will allow them to keep track of who's buying these products, possibly leading them to meth manufacturers.
"If they want to do it, they'll find a way to do it, but it's going to throw a red flag up, we're going to be able to put a paper trail on these folks," said City Councilman, Floyd Price.
Police narcotics officers will check the lists to look for patterns on who's buying the products. Store owners will have a few weeks to get in compliance.