Clandestine methamphetamine laboratories began to surface in Illinois in 1997. The highly addictive quality of
methamphetamine coupled with the ease of manufacturing the drug from commercially available products caused a tremendous increase in
its use and manufacture. The graph below illustrates the rapid growth of methamphetamine in Illinois.
In January 2006, a bill was signed into law that required purchasers of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine to show a government
issued identification card and sign a log to purchase this over the counter medication. Ephedrine and pseudoephrine are the key ingredients
used in the production of product methamphetamine. Calendar year 2006 was the first time in 10 years that had a significant decrease in the
number of methamphetamine labs seized.