Pseudoephedrine is chemical compound that is commonly found in over the counter decongestants. It is approved by the FDA for human consumption, and is regulated as an over the counter medication. In addition to its medicinal properties, pseudoephedrine can be used to manufacture methamphetamines, which are illegal to use, posess, manufacture, and sell.
Until recently, pseudoephedrine was regulated by the FDA as an over the counter substance. However, because of the growth of the methamphetimine use, and the common practice of using pseudoephedrine to manufacture methamphetimines, there has been a push to regulate pseudoephedrine more thoroughly.
United States federal law now prohibits buying medication containing pseudoephedrine in quantities greater than 3 packages in any 24-hour period. Congress is considering classifying pseudoephedrine as a Schedule V drug under the Controlled Substances Act.
Several states have also recently enacted legislation regarding the sale of pseudoephedrine:
If you have been charged with unlawful purchase or posession of pseudoephedrine, you should contact a criminal defese attorney. An attorney can help you to understand the laws of your state and can explain any defenses that may be available to you.
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