Friday, December 31, 2004

The war on pharmaceuticals...

"[I]n a tiny nook of the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, Detective Jason 'Jake' Grellner is leading a campaign to cut off the supply of over-the-counter cold pills that have fueled the explosion of methamphetamine production across the nation's heartland. 'To say that we're excited is an understatement ... 2005 is going to be our year,' said Grellner, who has spent much of the last few weeks working with legislators and policymakers from across the Midwest. Their goal: to severely restrict sales of pseudoephedrine, the active chemical in scores of decongestants and the backbone of the $3 billion U.S. market for over-the-counter cold remedies."

This time its cough medicines, other times its pain killers.

[Link via Freedom News Daily]

1 comment:

Adam Scavone said...

An unlikely ally, The National Association of Convenience Stores, is lobbying Iowa governor (and DNC chair wannabe) Tom Vilsack to prevent the restriction of the sales of pseudoephedrine.

However, the NACS is encouraging the Gov to "Give Meth Watch a chance." NACS: "Meth Watch is a statewide initiative that helps retailers work with law enforcement to identify people who purchase products to make methamphetamine, including pseudoephedrine." Glad to hear convenience stores are spying on citizens.

In other news, there's a new (and apparently badass) painkiller for people who have stopped responding to OxyContin and morphine. Prosecutions of doctors who prescribe it should begin any day now.