It starts with a sniffle…

… then your head get gets stuffed up. You start coughing — you know, that racking cough that makes you sore. Every time you try to lay down, your head feels worse.
You need sleep.
So you go to the all-night convenience store to get that magical bottle of relief. You’re already thinking about how well it works. How you even almost need to sit on the edge of the bed when you drink that little plastic cup because it’ll put you to sleep so fast. And you’re hacking and sniffling on the way to the convenience store, but it’s all right, because you can almost taste the delicious night of sleep.
The convenience store doesn’t sell it anymore. You have to go to a pharmacy (tomorrow), wait in line with your I.D., put your name in the computer, have it check to make sure you haven’t already purchased some this month, and then, you’ll be able to purchase that nighttime, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever, sleep better to feel better medicine.
But not tonight.
Tonight, you’re just screwed.

WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate moved on Friday to stop the proliferation of illicit methamphetamine labs by limiting sales of common cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, a primary ingredient in the illegal drug.

The Senate approved the measure as an amendment to an appropriations bill funding law enforcement activities as well as a range of federal agencies. That bill is expected to be approved next week.

The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Jim Talent, a Missouri Republican, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, would move cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, such as Sudafed, NyQuil, and Tylenol Cold, behind pharmacy counters and limit how much one person can buy to 7.5 grams a month, or about 250 tablets of 30 milligram each.[…]

Under the amendment, customers will be required to show a photo identification and sign a log. The bill envisages a computer tracking system to stop people from buying pills at multiple stores.

I’m sure this will stop the meth addicts. They’ll just stop doing drugs and become productive members of society. They won’t import the stuff, or find alternate means, or create worse drugs, or anything…
[See also Libby’s post at Last One Speaks.]

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