Anti-meth bills signed into Indiana law by Gov. Mike Pence

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By: Aric Chokey/Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed proposals aimed at curbing methamphetamine manufacturing in Indiana.

One of those bills includes a measure that would allow pharmacy regulars to buy pseudoephedrine normally while allowing pharmacists to limit quantities of the cold medicine sold to unfamiliar customers without a prescription. Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in meth.

The bill saw fierce pushback from pharmaceutical manufacturers who fought any restrictions on pseudoephedrine. It ended up as a diluted version of legislation that would have required prescriptions for everyone seeking to buy the medicine.

Pence also signed a bill that would bar meth offenders from buying pseudoephedrine without a prescription.

Indiana has led the nation in meth lab seizures for three years in a row.