03/30/2005: War on cold medicine continues
Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen has signed into law legislation restricting sales of allergy and cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, in a futile effort to fight manufacture of methamphetamine.
Most provisions of the bill take effect immediately. The centerpiece provision requiring pharmacies to move certain cold and sinus products behind the counter takes effect in 30 days; retailers that do not have pharmacies must remove products from their shelves and cease selling them within 24 hours.
Products affected include cold and sinus pills containing pseudoephedrine, a decongestant which is the vital ingredient in methamphetamine manufacturing. The only products exempt from the new limits are those in the form of liquids or soft gelatin- or liquid-filled capsules, which currently are not deemed viable in the meth manufacturing process. Exempt products can remain on store shelves everywhere.
What a crock.
Brock on 03.30.05 @ 10:24 PM CST