In addition to federal laws, some states have placed additional restrictions on the sale of precursor chemicals commonly used to synthesize methamphetamine, particularly pseudoephedrine , a common over-the-counter decongestant . In 2005, the DEA seized 2, kg(4, lbs) of methamphetamine.  In 2005, the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 was passed as part of the USA PATRIOT Act , putting restrictions on the sale of methamphetamine precursors. Various state governments have passed even more stringent laws to regulate the sale of pseudoephedrine decongestants. On November 7, 2006, the US Department of Justice declared that November 30, 2006 be Methamphetamine Awareness Day.  DEA El Paso Intelligence Center data is showing a distinct downward trend in the seizure of clandestine drug labs for the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine from a high of 18,091 in 2004. This trend has reversed as of 2008. Lab seizure data for the United States is available from EPIC beginning in 1999 when 7,438 labs were reported to have been seized during that calendar year. These figures include methamphetamine lab, "dumpsite" and "chemical and glassware" seizures. 
Doctor Liability, Damages Are Small – Some states have enacted tort reforms that apply caps to the amount of money an injured patient can recover from a medical malpractice claim. Under these caps, a patient may only be entitled to a $250,000 verdict. While this amount of money may seem large, the patient must share that money with expert witnesses, investigators, and attorneys. In the end, the patient’s financial recovery may be slight. Attorneys may hesitate to take a case if it seems like the recovery will be negligible. However, some patients are more concerned with filing suit as a matter of principle than as a means of financial recovery. Sometimes lawyers are willing to take a case to help the client make such a statement.