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Latest news: 10-21-2009

More cold medicine could move behind the counter    

A nationwide resurgence in illegal methamphetamine labs is prompting state and municipal lawmakers to consider copying an Oregon law requiring a prescription for many cold medicines, a restriction opposed by manufacturers.

Oregon in 2005 became the first state to require a doctor's prescription for medications containing pseudoephedrine, which is used in about 40 cold and allergy medicines. Pseudoephedrine also is the primary ingredient for methamphetamine, a highly addictive stimulant.

Full story, The Wall Street Journal

Controversy over pregnant woman jailed after meth use

TX - Amber Lovill was almost six months pregnant and on probation when a mandatory drug test found high levels of methamphetamine in her system.

What happened next to the Corpus Christi woman — jail time followed by drug treatment in a secure facility for felons — prompted a legal challenge that will be heard this week by the state's highest criminal court.

Full story, The Austin American-Statesman

Baby goes to hospital after meth lab discovery

TN - The Knox County Sheriffs Office arrested three people and sent a baby to the hospital after busting an active meth lab.

Deputies said they discovered the meth lab in a detached garage in West Knox County after an ongoing investigation. It was located by a mobile home at 11325 Sam Lee Road around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Full story, WBIR-TV

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