Steps must be taken

The electorate wants things that look like solutions, even when they aren’t:

You might laugh but I remember the 1982 Tylenol thing and that is now why we’re all condemned, when we need a painkiller or OTC antihistamine out of a new box, to have to:

1. Pry the heavily-glued-shut box open

2. Remove the silly plastic “sleeve” that has been heat-shrunk onto the cap and neck of the bottle, and fewer of them have convenient tear-strips than they should. (“A pair of scissors, my kingdom for a pair of scissors” she cries, while searching the house mid-headache)

3. Punch through a “sealed for your protection” (the fig-leaf they put on foods is “sealed for freshness”) foil or foam capper

4. Dig out the cotton that’s stuffed in there, I presume to either keep the pills from breaking or to serve as a bit of a desiccant

All of this because an employee in the company poisoned some capsules … in which case all those things would not have prevented it.

Add several more steps if your remedy of choice has even the slightest resemblance to methamphetamine.


  1. McGehee »

    26 October 2018 · 3:28 pm

    Or if someone resembling Bryan Cranston has ever been seen using it, buying it, selling it, applying for a job involving it, or looking in the general direction of a place where a package of it might once or one day exist.

    No, I’m not giving them any ideas they haven’t already had.

  2. @GLHancock »

    26 October 2018 · 8:41 pm

    My medicine cabinet now sports a pair of pliers as well as the requisite scissors to open OTC medicines.

    Oh, and add cough supressant (Dextromethorphan) to Pseudoephedrine as another limited access, and now very expensive, even generic, cold symptoms relievers.

  3. Chuck »

    27 October 2018 · 10:28 am

    I clearly remember reading that someone wanted revenge on their lover, so tampered with the pills that they knew that person was liable to buy. But Wikipedia says the crime was never solved. Funny how the memory works.

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