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01/26/2005: Buying Sudafed? Show your ID!

Back in June at my previous blog home, I blogged about Walgreen's new policy of putting medicines containing pseudoephedrine behind the counter, because pseudoephedrine is one of the ingredients used to manufacture crystal meth.

Of course, that's just one store, and I have the option of purchasing cold and allergy medications at other stores instead, which I do.

But in a new bit of bipartisan drug war nonsense, a dozen Senators have sponsored a bill to require stores to adopt this policy. Not only would this bill require stores to keep Sudafed behind the counter, but customers would have to show ID in order to purchase it, and stores would be required to keep track of customers' purchases, limiting them to a set amount in a thirty-day period.

Sen. Jim Talent (R-Missouri) dismissed concerns about inconveniencing allergy and cold sufferers: "Consumers can buy two or three packages of this at once at the same place they've been buying all their drugs."

Really? What if I want to buy some Sudafed at a supermarket, and I do my grocery shopping during periods when the pharmacy is closed? And will I be unable to buy Sudafed at a store that does not have a pharmacy?

The only other sponsor of the bill listed in the CNN article is my least favorite Democrat, Sen. Diane Feinstein of California. I wish I lived in California, just so I could vote against her.

Brock on 01.26.05 @ 06:20 PM CST

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