Topeka Consumers in Kansas soon will have less access to some cold, flu and allergy medicines because they contain an ingredient commonly used to make methamphetamine.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed anti-meth legislation into law Friday, as she had promised. The new law will take effect by April 21. Sebelius had a signing ceremony in Wichita.
The new law will be named for Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels, who was shot and killed Jan. 19 at a home near Virgil where a suspected meth lab was found.
It will require certain cold and allergy tablets containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine to be sold only by pharmacies from behind a counter. Customers will have to show identification and sign a log book. It makes it illegal for retailers to sell more than three packages within a week to a person.
The measure is patterned after an Oklahoma law credited in that state with dramatically reducing meth lab seizures.