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Keeping Cold

Wash. 7-Eleven stores pull pseudoephedrine products

TACOMA, Wash. -- 7-Eleven convenience stores in Washington State have decided to stop selling cold medicines that contain an ingredient used to make methamphetamine, according to a report from KIRO-TV. The store chain said it would be too inconvenient for clerks to follow a new state rule and keep a record of every sale. 7-Eleven has 225 stores in Washington.

State Pharmacy Board rules that take effect next year require stores to track the sale of medicines that contain pseudoephedrine. October 1 was the deadline for stores to remove those products [image-nocss] from shelves. They are sold at customer service counters.

Starting in January, buyers also must show a photo ID and sign a record of the sale with their date of birth and address. State lawmakers approved the new rules as a way to crack down on the making, sale and use of meth.

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