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Meth Control Bill Amendment Would Restrict OTC Cough/Cold Sales

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Strict limitations on the sale of OTC cough/cold medications would result from a possible amendment to methamphetamine control legislation under consideration in the Senate.

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