March 1, 2007

Repeat Ditto

Jim Henley and Jane Galt take offense at having to provide identification and signatures when buying Sudafed and similar decongestants that used to be over the counter:


And can I just say that the ritual humiliation of obtaining Sudafed from a drugstore sets every liberty-loving fibre of my patriotic American soul quivering for Revolution? I mean, sure, that would mean even more if I weren’t already reflexively against our nation’s drug laws. But still.
Oh God yes. I fairly tremble with rage, and at least once I’ve added a parenthetical “Under Protest” after my name. Reminding myself that the drug store employees themselves didn’t come up with the law barely serves to keep me from launching into a spittle-flecked tirade.
What they both say!

A commenter at Jim's place notes:

I asked the pharmacy techs about it 3 or 4 times, and they seem to be in total agreement of the need to keep Sudafed out of the hands of the meth chemists.
Why would we not expect a pharmacy tech to be in complete agreement?

First, their job is buttered on the side of government regulation and prescription laws. The more the merrier.

Second, they are no different than most other folks who have drank the drug war kool-aid. I'm sure that they sincerely believe that folks cook meth because they could buy pseudoephedrine in over the counter cold symptom remedies instead of the more realistic view that cooking meth is yet another consequence of the ill-conceived and disastrous ongoing war on drugs.

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