2016 National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week – Methamphetamine

True or False? Nasal decongestants, such as Claritin D, are government regulated. It’s TRUE!

claritinAll nasal decongestants are kept behind the pharmacy counter because of the ingredient pseudoephedrine that it encompasses. Pseudoephedrine, or PSE, is commonly used to create methamphetamines which are a highly addictive stimulant. The Combat Methamphetamine Act of 2005 was created to limit the amount of PSE allowed to be bought at one given time per customer (FDA). The limit is in an attempt to stop the production of meth by reducing the amount available to be purchased at one time. A person cannot buy more than 3 grams of Pseudoephedrine at one time. A customer can also not buy more than 9 grams in a month. PSE must be purchased only from the pharmacy counter and a customer must provide a license to be scanned. If a person goes over what is allowed in any given time the system will not allow the cashier to sell it.

Sources and Additional Information:

FDA: Legal Requirements for the Sale and Purchase of Drug Products Containing Pseudoephedrine, Ephedrine, and Phenylpropanolamine

NIDA for Teens: Methamphetamine

Learn more about National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week HERE.


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