There is an article coming out in today's T-G about local towns of Winchester and Estill Springs requiring pseudoephedrine be only by prescription. Other towns are looking at it. Shelbyville it yet to be determined.
Methamphetamine is a deadly, cruel, nasty drug that uses pseudoephedrine as a key ingredient. There is no doubt in my mind that "meth" needs to be severely curtailed, BUT I am having difficulty understanding how making pseudoephedrine a prescription product will really stop the manufacturing of meth.
I say that because any product with pseudoephedrine is already behind the counter and sales are already recorded. I know this because I have not found any other OTC (Over The Counter)that helps with my allergies and chronic congestion, so I have to buy it.
To quote the article "there are more than 137 types of over-the-counter medications for cold and allergies that don't contain pseudoephedrine" and in my experience, NONE of them work as well as products with pseudoephedrine in it. For me these "other" products are as effective as drinking water.
I am concerned about taking it because I have heart issues and pseudoephedrine can raise my blood pressure, so every few months I ask different pharmacists if there is a new OTC product that works as well as pseudoephedrine. So far, they know of none and I waste money trying new OTC products that don't work.
If the drug is already being registered every time someone buys it, why are we not catching excessive purchasing of it? I don't hear of a numerous drugstore break-ins, so how are they getting it?
If the documentation of sales does not help, how will a prescription? Are they not using the tools they have, or do they not work for some reason?
Can they make a lot of meth from a 48 count package? I don't want to know the specifics, since I don't want to assist someone in making it, but really, can a 48 count package make a lot of meth?
I am just trying to understand, since it is going to make things more expensive for me.