September 23, 2009

Time To Abolish Idiotic Cold Medicine Restrictions

Turns out (SURPRISE!) the drug addicts went and figured out a better way to make meth that doesn't require as much psuedophedrine or an elaborate manufacturing process. 

But now drug users are making their own meth in small batches using a faster, cheaper and much simpler method with ingredients that can be carried in a knapsack and mixed on the run. The "shake-and-bake" approach has become popular because it requires a relatively small number of pills of the decongestant pseudoephedrine — an amount easily obtained under even the toughest anti-meth laws that have been adopted across the nation to restrict large purchases of some cold medication.

"Somebody somewhere said 'Wait this requires a lot less pseudoephedrine, and I can fly under the radar,'" said Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control.

An Associated Press review of lab seizures and interviews with state and federal law enforcement agents found that the new method is rapidly spreading across the nation's midsection and is contributing to a spike in the number of meth cases after years of declining arrests.

So, the restriction that inconveniences everyone (full disclosure, I have a cold right now) is now totally ineffective.  Of course, they're probably not going to remove the restriction, probably just ban it outright because what's the first rule of Government Regulations? 

We NEVER roll back Government Regulations.

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