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 May 13, 2005
Target Restricting Access to Cold and Allergy Products
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Target Corp. said Monday that it would limit public access to all medicines containing pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used to produce the street drug methamphetamine, an addictive stimulant.

Target, the second-largest discount retailer in the United States, said it would move products containing the decongestant behind pharmacy counters and would stop selling them in its stores without pharmacies, the Bloomberg news service reported.

Target said the new policy would be implemented within 90 days at its 1,330 locations. The retailer said it would also continue its policy of limiting customers to two pseudoephedrine-based medicines per purchase, Bloomberg said.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, methamphetamine is often made in small, illegal laboratories and has a high potential for abuse and addiction. Street methamphetamine is referred to by names such as "speed," "meth," and "chalk." It's the most prevalent synthetic drug manufactured in the United States, the NIDA says.


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