Protectionism and My Stuffy Nose

So, here’s the latest story in a long running discussion about being able to buy my over-the-counter medications over-the-counter again, rather than be forced to register like some deviant because I have allergies. I like the way this author thinks:

So let me go out on a limb here and say what any reasonable person would strongly suspect. The reason you can’t get Mucinex and Sudafed that work without jumping through hoops isn’t really about stopping basement meth users. It is really about the racket going on in Washington in which the law is used to benefit influential producers in cahoots with the political class at the expense of less influential producers and the American people, who should have the freedom to choose.

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The phrase follow the money has proven itself to me time and time again. The German company that makes phenylephrine lobbied hard to get the anti-meth act passed. Imagine that.

Reminds me of the accusations leveled at Dupont and Hearst during the days when Marijuana was demonized. They, of course, deny these accusations, but following the money certainly does shed some interesting light on politics.

…And here I thought we were passing these laws to protect the children.

The Drug Lords say ‘Thanks’

Quoting a story published today:

The number of meth-lab busts plummeted more than 30 percent last year as most states put in place laws to restrict the sale of over-the-counter cold medicines used to make meth, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence Center.

Yep, denying the average allergy sufferer easy access to the medications they need is all the rage these days, we’ve got to curb access to the ‘devil’s drug‘, don’t you know. Or is it really that much of a problem?

How about the figures from “The Sentencing Project” (referenced in the same article) that point out:

less than 1 percent of the nation’s population uses meth; meth abuse remains a “highly localized” problem

Of course, that doesn’t stop the majority of counties from reporting that meth abuse is a problem. Better to get on the gravy train early, wouldn’t want to miss out.

Contrary to popular belief though, meth is not a ‘new drug’. It’s just another one of the drugs made popular in the 60’s that has managed to hang on longer than LSD and a few of the others, mostly because it’s less damaging to the person who takes the drug. The only thing new about it is that small time labs started springing up, competing with the large meth labs that historically supplied the drug. Meth labs that still exist, by the way:

Local law-enforcement officials say there is still a strong appetite for the highly addictive drug and warned that meth makers in Mexico and other countries are moving to fill the supply void.

I just love euphemisms like “highly addictive”. Nicotine is highly addictive. Alcohol is highly addictive. Caffeine is highly addictive, and it’s in 9/10’s of the soft drinks that children love (and most parents complain about ‘hyperactivity’. The kid’s hopped up on sugar and caffeine. I’m just amazed he doesn’t actually fly, myself) Meth isn’t the problem; police agencies drunk on anti-narcotics funding is.

The only benefactor of the recent crack down on Psuedoephedrine containing medications is the large drug manufacturers across the border, and the police agencies tasked with interdicting them. The police openly say ‘thank you’ for your faith in them.

I’m sure the drug lords say likewise.

Meth – the ‘new’ devil’s drug

(One from the archive, but this issue is still being fought out in various legislatures)

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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….

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-08-18-meth-politics_x.htm

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.

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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.

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Somebody else who “gets it”: Cold pills? Sign here

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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?

Drug Education

‘Drug education’ doesn’t work because, as Americans, we believe that drugs are the answer to problems.

We give drugs to our children to correct behavioral issues that should be corrected by changing their environment.

We take drugs ourselves for similar reasons, including the illegal ones.

“Man, I need a drink.”
“I could really use a cigarette.”
“I can’t function without my morning coffee.”
“Got an aspirin, this place is giving me a headache.”

Downward Spiral Continues

Mentioned Steve Kubby the other day; I also blogged about the Downward Spiral that the system seems to be caught in.

Well, Steve isn’t getting any better, he’s getting worse. A quick scan of articles on the subject should make that quite obvious. The people responsible for holding him in prison are getting cold feet, made him sign a waiver of liability in case he should die in their prison. I imagine that they want us all to think that locking a man up and keeping him from taking what he believes will save his life, which will most likely cause his death, shouldn’t be held against the prison system. Like prison guards anywhere, they should understand that ‘just doing their jobs’ isn’t a good enough excuse.

Which brings me to Cory Maye. Cory Maye did what that friend of mine had a nightmare of doing. The nightmare continues for him. I don’t see why this man should sit on death row for something that any of us should not be afraid to do; shoot unidentified intruders who break into our houses in the middle of the night. It’s a point in the favor of the policemen involved that Cory Maye isn’t dead; most of the people who resist the police in these types of situations end up with several bullets in them.

If those backing ‘total law enforcement’ don’t like that Cory Maye can shoot a policeman and not be killed in return; I suggest that in the future, the police avoid being mistaken for petty criminals involved in smash and grab burglaries, not prosecute the average citizen for defending himself.

Steve Kubby and the “Insane War on Drugs”

Actually, when you understand who Steve Kubby is and what he’s gone through then you pretty much have a picture of just how insane the War on Drugs really is. The Administration is willing to kill this man simply to prove that they have the right to kill him by denying him his medicine. Who voted for these nutjobs anyway?

Gonna crib some text from Knappster here:

Steve Kubby update on Brad Spangler’s blog

Update from Michele Kubby on Hammer of Truth

Let’s try to keep the focus where it belongs, folks: On saving Steve’s life.