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Anti-meth efforts make certain types of medicines hard to get

The anti-meth effort is making it harder for Mid-South parents to get medicine for their children. Pharmacies and drug stores frequently lock up cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, because the tablet form is used to make methamphetemine.

Some MidSouth parents say finding cold medicine at night is a nightmare.

"If they're frustrated, it's probably because I'm not here, and they can't get the pseudoephedrine," said Target Pharmacist David Murphy.

Target and Wal-Mart pharmacies keep all pseudoephedrine products behind the counter. If the pharmacy is closed, parents must go elsewhere to buy those cold medicines.

"This would be an extra precaution," Murphy said. "We've just grouped all the pseudaphed products into one category. They were out here on the shelf together and now they're here in the pharmacy together."

Mothers like Tamar Gillock say it can be a frustrating experience.

"If you need it, and they're up crying and screaming and you can't get it, then you have to make another trip to the store, or just let them cough their heads off," she said.

Pharmacies including Ike's, Walgreen's and Rite-Aid have moved children's liquid pseudoephedrine back to the shelf.

Pharmacists recommend parents do one of two things: keep some on hand in case you need it, or go to a store with a 24 hour pharmacy if you need the medicine in a hurry.

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