An upstate New York man is believed to be the first arrested under a new federal law banning the purchase of large amounts of cold medicine. The Drug Enforcement Administration said the man was arrested last week for violating the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act.
The new federal law forbids the purchase of more the nine grams of pseudoephedrine in any one month. Authorities say the suspect was arrested after purchasing more than 29 grams of ephedrine during a two-week period.
Pseudoephedrine, the essential ingredient in meth, is commonly found in cold medications. In many states, medicines containing ephedrine, like Sudafed, can only be found behind a pharmacist’s counter.