New Oklahoma rule intended to limit pseudoephedrine use

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is starting new programs intended to limit the illegal use of pseudoephedrine.

Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in making methamphetamine and is found in many over the counter cold medicines.

A birth date is now required along with a full name and a state-issued identification in order to buy drugs containing pseudoephedrine at pharmacies. OBN spokesman Mark Woodward says the bureau is also working with the Department of Public Safety to implement a data-sharing program to reject sales to customers using identification cards not in the state system.

The OBN says meth labs are down by more than 90 percent in recent years, but there is an increase in so-called "shake and bake'' or "one-pot'' meth labs which use smaller quantities of pseudoephedrine.