CBS News correspondent Rick Sallinger from the Denver affiliate KCNC, reports the epidemic is growing: Methamphetamine is now America's No.1 illicit drug. A key ingredient in home cooked meth is pseudoephedrine. It's found in cold remedies.
A woman who does not wishes to disclose her identity is a former meth user. And she tells Sallinger she used to steal cold medicines off the shelf.
She explains, "When there's only stockers in the store and there's 17, 18, sometimes 20 some boxes on the shelf, you walk by and steal it and walk out of the store."
Now pharmaceutical companies are replacing that ingredient to prevent it from being used in making meth.
It's a move welcomed by law enforcement agencies, saying it's about time.
Tune in Friday morning for the complete report.