Preventing Meth Labs in NC

OCTOBER 26, 2005 -- Meth labs are a growing problem throughout the country and a growing concern in North Carolina.  Now, Attorney General Roy Cooper is trying to make the state safer.

Wednesday in Carolina Beach Attorney General Cooper spoke to a crowd of substance abuse specialists about how lawmakers intend to stop the drug epidemic. Cooper wants to increase penalties for makers and create prevention programs for abusers.

North Carolina is the first state on the east coast to adopt a law to restrict access to the drug's main ingredients found in some cold medications. Cooper says educating drug counselors is an important step in keeping meth out of our area.

Beginning in January, all over-the-counter medications with meth making ingredients will be held inside glass displays or behind the counter.

Reported by Ashley Hayes