(One from the archive, but this issue is still being fought out in various legislatures)
It would be funny if it wasn't so sad. The (small gov't?) GOP has a problem with the proposed new rules on curbing accessibility to Pseudoephedrine and Ephedrine (as if you can even find Ephedrine anywhere to start with) Not that proposed new rules on cold medications go too far....
No, the "Meth plague" has to be fought even more stringently than the Bush administration is proposing (Question: if it's a plague, where is the massive increase in victims? Where are the facts and figures to back up this fear-mongering assertion?) Never mind that some people might need to have access to cold and flu medications. Never mind that some of us don't care to be listed in their database as known purchasers of pseudoephedrine containing medications. Nope. We have to start a witch hunt, so that we can ride that fear into another re-election campaign.
BTW, the only attempt at factual reporting is the link at the bottom of the page. It leads to the "anti-meth site" www.kci.org/meth_info/links.htm Facts and figures about illegal methamphetamine (there is legally available prescription meth, BTW; does anyone remember this? No) It is 'factual' in that the site declares itself as 'anti-meth', which is the only fact available in *any* of the stories I've read to date.
Since writing the above last August, the fed passed their 'standardised' rules for the whole nation; I can now have the liberty of being treated 'as if' I would go out and start a meth lab if they would only let me buy a truck load of Pseudoephedrine. As if the people running these labs walked into a pharmacy and bought the drugs over the counter.
Somebody else who "gets it": Cold pills? Sign here
And if you think it'll stop anytime soon: Dangerous high sold over the counter
They'll be targeting your cough medicine next. Hello stupid parents! Cough medicine disappearing from the cabinet? Maybe you should quiz the kid, ya think?
Soon we'll have to sign to buy detergent, moth balls, fertilizer and fuel. Wouldn't want you making any bombs in your kitchen now, would we?