Proposed legislation to stem meth production in SC

A bill that would require prescriptions to buy cold medicines containing an ingredient used to make methamphetamine is on the agenda of a Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee Thursday.

The bill allows retailers such as pharmacies to monitor the purchase of an illegal quantity of cold and allergy products containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine by utilizing a centralized, state-wide electronic database. Drug users exploit the ephedrine-based products to produce and sell meth.

Meanwhile, four people are behind bars after police discovered an active meth lab in Dorchester County Tuesday.

Related: Meth related crimes and arrests in the Lowcountry

The Summerville Police Department, along with the Dorchester County Metro Narcotics Unit, issued a search warrant at 607 Old Golf Road as a result of a methamphetamine investigation.

During the search, authorities found equipment used to manufacture and consume methamphetamine.

Four suspects were arrested and as a result of the investigation. Those charges include: distribution, manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine.

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