February 23, 2007

Meth Whine

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.

If you're interested, I recommend this Frontline special on the subject, which you can watch online.

Freaking meth cookers. You suck, for so many reasons.

Posted by James at February 23, 2007 11:31 AM
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Noticed that myself recently. I feel for ya bud, you Sad Sinus Sufferer... :-(

Posted by: Chuck S. at February 23, 2007 2:48 PM

I'm feeling you too. It's especially aggravating here, because New York State (both NYC area and upstate) has remarkably had extremely few reported problems with meth labs. Perhaps the crack epidemic, which hit NY really hard, scared folks away from meth. So even though I'm not in a high-meth area by any means, I too have to pay through the nose (get it, through the nose, hahaha) for the blister packs of 48, sometimes name-brand, for the same price I used to pay for the bulk bottles of 96 generic. Bah.

Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at February 23, 2007 3:05 PM

I thought I could offer a solution by sending you to www.drugstore.com, but even stricter rules have been imposed upon them, probabl because they are an internet pharmacy and not a "face-to-face" pharmacy.

If you search on "Contac Cold, Non-Drowsy 12 Hour, Caplets 20 ea" you will see the following:

"Please Note: The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency now requires that we verify identification by seeing a copy of photo identification from all customers who purchase items that contain Pseudoephedrine. It is also a violation of law to purchase more than 7.5 grams of Pseudoephedrine in a 30 day period through the mail.

Click here for more information"

I encourage you to go there and click on the hyperlink above to read about scanning your license, etc.

Thanks, meth jerkoffs.

Posted by: Patti M. at February 23, 2007 3:26 PM

Don't even try to buy the 12 hour package for yourself and the 30 mg for a kid at the same time. It exceeds the limit. I had to go to 2 different pharmacies in one day to get resupplied when we ran out of both at once.

Now I make a practice of buying my sudofed fix as often as it is convenient (in defiance of federal law) so as to get a little ahead of the consumption around here.

Meth cookers suck. Big rocks.

Posted by: Judy at February 24, 2007 10:04 AM

I can't handle the forms/background check/cavity search involved in buying the stuff in the States. I can't use the blister packs, and if I wanted only a 20 minute supply, well, I guess I wouldn't need it very badly, right?

If you had a friend in Canada willing to ship the large 80 tablet bottle, no blister pack, well, that might be a Good Thing. Right?

Posted by: Cindy at February 24, 2007 11:12 AM

It's not going to get any better anytime soon. See this article from The Age (Australia):

Pharmacists want ban on pseudoephedrine - Breaking News - National - Breaking News


Posted by: Patti M. at February 26, 2007 3:01 PM

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