Bye, bye, Johnny

For the many shall suffer, that the few will appear to be deterred. At least, that’s the argument made by the state’s Drug Czarlet:

Legislation requiring consumers to obtain a prescription for cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine is the best way to crush illegal methamphetamine operations, which are reaching epidemic numbers in the Tulsa area, the state’s top drug enforcement officer told a legislative panel Thursday.

“The cornerstone is pseudoephedrine,” said Darrell Weaver, director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control. “We’re constantly battling folks who want this product.”

Especially folks who don’t have any plans to produce meth but are sneezing their fool heads off:

Phil Woodward, executive director of the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association, said the state’s pharmacists are willing to continue to work with law enforcement on trying to prevent the illegal use of pseudoephedrine, but they are concerned about the effect a prescription mandate would have on consumers. “We’ve got folks who need this for colds,” he said of pseudoephedrine. “It’s really the only decongestant out there that’s really effective for consumers. We feel like the patients come first.”

Emphasis added.

Requiring a prescription for this stuff will drive up health-care costs — you have to see the doctor to get that prescription — and it will increase the demand for fossil fuels, because the dumbasses who want to turn their brains into tapioca will drive to the next state, or to the ends of the earth, to get their fix. By no stretch of the imagination is there any win in this proposal.

Besides, if this rule were to be enacted, and it should fail to eradicate the meth plague, as it almost certainly will, what’s the next step? You guessed it. The state would evidently prefer that you live with your misery — and spread it to others, because you can’t do a thing about the symptoms — so that Johnny Wayne Addlepate appears to have less of a chance of blowing himself to smithereens. Me, I look upon his timely demise as a boon to the gene pool.


  1. fillyjonk »

    2 October 2009 · 7:31 am

    My understanding is that the first “ban” simply drove manufacturing south (think Mexico). The only benefit I could see was that on the last trash pick-up day, I was picking up far fewer empty cold medicine packages.

    FWIW, I can’t take PE and I don’t. But it seems unfair to the vast majority of law-abiding citizens to make them jump through yet another hoop when they have a cold and are feeling miserable. (And yes – it will cost more in a lot of different ways).

    I just pray to God no one figures out a way to make an illegal substance out of Excedrin Migraine. Because if that goes prescription-only, I’m screwed.

  2. CGHill »

    3 October 2009 · 1:15 pm

    Rep. Lucky Lamons (D-Tulsa) has now introduced a bill to require those prescriptions, which prompted a nastygram from Steven Roemerman. Money quote:

    Meth cooks have already demonstrated the ability to change their methods to adapt to laws passed by well meaning legislators such as yourself (case in point the new, more dangerous cooking method), and they will do so again.

    At the very least, they need a deposit law on two-liter soda bottles, the medium for that new, more dangerous method.

  3. Dick Stanley »

    3 October 2009 · 1:31 pm

    Indeed, evolution in action here. The same could be said of the cops, however.

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