RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina legislators could soon require retailers to check cold sufferers against a national database if they want a remedy containing the key ingredient needed to make the illegal drug methamphetamine.

The House could take up legislation as early as Thursday that would require store clerks to register every sale of cold medications containing pseudoephedrine into a national database to make sure the buyer isn't stocking up on the chemical.

The retailer would reject the sale if the national database warned that the buyer has been on a pseudoephedrine buying spree.

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that can be cooked in labs in homes or cars. The process of making the drug leaves behind hazardous chemicals that can catch fire or explode.

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