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Editorial: Battling meth

Monday, January 4, 2010

A key ingredient in the making of methamphetamine, the viciously addictive drug made from a variety of widely available chemicals, is pseudoephedrine, which is also found in over-the-counter cold remedies.

In Missouri and other states, laws have been passed that limit the quantities of pseudoephedrine that can be sold and that require records to be kept of who buys these products. But drug enforcement officials say this law, a step in the right direction, is easily skirted because there is no centralized database to track who makes multiple purchases.

Last month, Poplar Bluff, Mo., became the third city in Missouri -- the others are Washington and Union to the west of St. Louis -- to adopt ordinances requiring a prescription for the purchase of any product containing pseudoephedrine. Police in Washington say such sales have dropped 94 percent since the ordinance was adopted in July.

Officials with the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force say they hope more cities will consider such an ordinance. They say they would expect to see sizable reductions in the sale of items containing this key meth ingredient.

It's too early to tell what the long-term impact of such ordinances will be. But the outcome is certainly worth watching.


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Typical law enforcement now days! If you can't catch and prosecute the criminal, then lets punish everyone!

I personally suffer with extreme allergies, I see a doctor once about every 3 months (to get a new bottle of my allergy injection) which I give myself injections of at home (to save money). At least once a month I have allergy attacks so bad that I can't breath except through my mouth! I don't drive a car, so getting a script filled is a real hassle, since you have to send I.D. and a note with any other person filling it! Since this new idea they have about stopping meth is designed to make sure no one but those prescribed can get the medication, you can bet the I.D. thing with a note will not be allowed!

What ever happened to catching the perpetrator and then locking them up for so long they no longer know what "getting high" means? Or better yet, call it a "capital crime" to manufacture and/or distribute "meth" and then carry out the punishment! They might as well, execute them since they are murderers anyway, even if their act of killing another person takes place over a long time span!

With this line of thinking, if we can't get the drunks off the road then they will ban cars unless you have a prescription to drive one! Since you could rob a bank if allowed to go there without a specific purpose,ban going to the bank unless you have a prescription to go get some money, or heaven forbid...deposit some money!

Since teenage girls get pregnant by having sex, lets ban all sex unless you have a prescription for that also!

You see how stupid this all sounds?

That is because it is stupid to punish everyone for the crimes of the few!

-- Posted by Walkenstick on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 5:51 AM

I guess you are also one of those people that is going to complain about a little extra security at airports. I believe that a little incovenience that leaves our country safer goes a long way. This methamphetamine problem is out of control and if taking away the pseudoephedrine helps in the fight against meth, then take it. The safety of my children is what concerns me not having to go to the doctor to get a prescription!

-- Posted by ifurlucky on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 7:16 AM

"is easily skirted because there is no centralized database to track"

WTH? What is the point then and whose fault is that?

-- Posted by Turnip on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 7:29 AM

I agree with Walkenstick. The idea of making perfectly safe OTC medication require a script will make the docs a lot of money with all the new business and that probably explains why the newspaper is so keen on it. I hate illegal drug dealers and manufacturers but I hate undue government interference into our lives as individuals at least as much. This will cost a lot of money for the poor either in the form of even more medicaid costs or out of pocket costs for the folks with insurance. Either way it is a waste and it will just lead to more people living in misery rather than dealing with the crap they will have to go through to get a safe drug that will help them get better.

-- Posted by jcwill on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 8:26 AM

If we follow this line of thinking to it's logical conclusion, maybe we should start requiring prescriptions for gun ownership. I think having a board certified psychiatrist making the decision on who can own guns would reduce murders considerably.

-- Posted by SteveM on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 11:43 AM

To ifurlucky, well you saw what I wrote, so then you are in favor of outlawing anything that could possibly hurt anyone, is that correct?

If so...lets outlaw electricity since a person can be electrocuted, lets outlaw television because some people think that it causes violent behavior in our children, lets outlaw screwdrivers, icepicks and knives, since you can get cut or stabbed by them. Let's not forget hammers and baseball bats since you might get hit over the head with one of them. Don't forget all types of fuel, since you can be burned by a fire.

Let's see did I forget anything?

What the heck, let just go back to the stone age, that way we would all be "safe"!

-- Posted by Walkenstick on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 3:32 PM

COPS ARE ALWAYS IN FAVOR OF BANNING ANYTHING THAT MAKES THEIR JOBS EASIER,LETS BAN ALCOHOL AT THE PARKS,FIREWORKS ON THE FOURTH,DRINKING AND CANOEING,AD NAUSEUM..HOW BOUT THEY STICK TO THEIR JOBS AND ENFORCE THE THE LAWS ON THE BOOKS AND LEAVE THE FASCIST IDEAS TO THE OG NAZI'S

-- Posted by Chickenlips on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 7:06 PM

"law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual".

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 10:27 AM

All this does is encourage Meth to become an imported drug (ala crack/cocaine) instead of a locally produced drug.

If we make Meth more difficult to produce locally we are basically opening our arms up to the Mexican drug gangs who would love to supply the needs of area addicts. Instead of a couple local yokels mixing up batches to inexpensively share with their drug using buddies and using their drug profits to buy products from local stores all the addicts will have commit more robberies and frauds to afford full black market drug prices while all the big profits will be siphoned off to out of country drug lords.

So does the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force favor international gangsters over trailer park chemists?

-- Posted by Nil on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 3:11 PM


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