I've been having a fun time lately with sinus pressure and sinus headaches. Yes, it's a fascinating life.
I provide that as preamble to explain why I want to buy pseudoephedrine in large quantities. Know who else wants large quantities of the drug more popularly known as Sudafed? Crystal meth cookers. My plain message to you if you are one of these people producing crystal meth: you suck.
There's nothing I know that licks a sinus headache like pseudoephedrine plus your headache pill of choice. They took pseudoephedrine off the shelves (and put it behind the pharmacy counter) to help curb the rampant flood of meth on the streets.
This fine blog whine is prompted not by the damage that meth addiction does to the lives of those within its effect -- something that deserves serious attention and consideration. This is about the much smaller ripple effects of efforts to shut off the supply to meth labs. I encountered this at a local pharmacy last week.
Instead of the high capacity bottles, and low capacity boxes of pills, I found slips representing the product choices. You are supposed to take the slip to the pharmacy to make your purchase. OK, that curbs theft, I suppose. Damn meth cookers. The sizes are somewhat smaller. Mostly 10 pills, 24 pills, and -- if you're lucky -- 48 pills of generic all in blister packs. I chose the 48 pill generic.
I took the slip to the pharmacy, got their attention, handed it over and waited. "Oh, sorry - we don't have any of the generic pseudoephedrine right now." Ah. I guess the slips don't correspond to actual inventory. So I asked what they did have. They had the more expensive name brand at half the size. Whatever. I took that.
They asked for my license. They took down all my license info, and had me sign my name in the "Big Book Of Sinus Shame." They did not take a sample of my DNA, but I can't be sure they didn't scan me with a tricorder.
Can't I just register with the Sad Sinus Sufferers of America? Like a reverse no-fly list for cold remedies, you could sail through. Heck, I had a secret damn clearance at one time, you'd think I could buy some decongestant.
As for the meth cookers, restrictions on Sudafed did lead to a reduction in the number of meth cases that were seen around the country. But they didn't take long to climb back up. Meth cookers are just getting their pseudoephedrine from Mexico now. The cold medicine business there is huge.
Freaking meth cookers. You suck, for so many reasons.Posted by James at February 23, 2007 11:31 AM