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New laws in Oregon to help reduce meth labs

Oregon - If you live in Oregon the next time you get a case of the sniffles you will need a doctors prescription for cold medicine like Sudafed. 

It is part of an effort to reduce the number of meth labs by making the ingredients for the drug harder to get. 

A year ago Sudafed and other decongestants were put behind the counter at drug stores. Hermiston police said the number of meth lab busts have been cut in half and they hope this newest law will have an even greater impact.

Chief Daniel Coulombe with the Hermiston Police Department said, "With this enactment of the requirement of a prescription I think we'll see the elimination of labs, is what our hope is and our desire."

Chief Coulombe said with fewer meth labs there us less time and money spent on clean-up of contaminated homes.  He says the law is inconvenient for some people who have allergies but believes it is needed.