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New Law To Hit Meth Labs Hard

Posted January 10, 2006 9:06 a.m. EST

— This weekend, a new state law goes into effect to fight meth labs.

Starting Sunday, a new law will keep medicines with ephedrine and pseudophedrine behind pharmacy counters. The materials in cold medicines are often used to create meth.

One of the big places that has seen a large number of meth labs is Sampson County. Last year, deputies uncovered 11 labs, nearly double the number from the previous three years combined. That number is more than any county in central North Carolina.

"With us doubling in one year's time is very troubling," said Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton.

Later in January, Sampson County will host a meth summit featuring North Carolina's attorney general and other speakers.