16.11.10

Meth. Schedule pseudoephedrine.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/16/opinion/16bovett.html
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-11-14-pseudoephedrine-meth_N.htm

Pharma industry fighting this hard with all the cash they can muster. Inconvenience for some 15 million Americans to have to go get a prescription for something they could previously just go pick up with no hassle.

Sorry about that. Check this out:
Only two states — Oregon and Mississippi — have passed laws that require a prescription to get pseudoephedrine. Additionally, a few Missouri cities have passed ordinances requiring a prescription.
Oregon put its law in place in 2006, but it wasn't easy, said Rob Bovett, a district attorney in Lincoln County, Oregon, who drafted the legislation. As in Kentucky, the pharmaceutical industry lobby was one of the biggest hurdles, he said.

At its peak in 2001, there were 525 meth labs found in Oregon. In 2009, only 13 labs were uncovered.
Marshall Fisher, director of Mississippi's Bureau of Narcotics, said that since the state passed its law in July, the number of meth labs has dropped as much as 65%.
From July 1 to Nov. 3, 2009, there were 259 meth labs found in Mississippi, but in that same time period of this year there were only 94 discovered.
The bottom line, Fisher said, is that he doesn't want to have better law enforcement tools, he wants to have to do less enforcement.
"I don't want to track it," Fisher said. "I want to eliminate meth labs. Electronic tracking is as useless as trying to show card tricks to a chicken."

Umm yeah, gonna have to say that society's right to defend itself trumps your right to easily available pseudoephedrine-containing drugs or your right to cheaply market said drug.

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