PSEUDOEPHEDRINE IS THE MAIN INGREDIENT IN CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE.
Eleven states now require that products containing pseudoephedrine (i.e., Sudafed and generic equivalents) be removed from store shelves and sold only on a controlled basis.
States with restrictions regarding the sale of products containing pseudoephedrine have experienced a dramatic drop in the number of meth lab busts.
Thirty-five percent of the meth sold in the United States is produced in labs in the United States. You only have to ask yourself one question: Where do you think they are getting the Pseudoephedrine to produce the Crystal Meth?
Restrictions at the register for over the counter sales are ineffective and DO NOT WORK. Individuals who want to produce meth will shoplift the product from the shelves or return to the store multiple times, using a different register each time, buying the limit.
This product should be as difficult to purchase as possible.
Amazingly, even though meth labs busts have resulted in deaths and destruction in California, not all stores seem able to make the connection and place this product behind the counter where it belongs without being forced to by legislation.
sWhy keep Sudafed on the shelves? One pharmacist stated that, when products containing pseudoephedrine were placed behind the counter at the pharmacy, sales dropped off to practically nothing. There are many alternatives to pseudoephedrine. Almost no one needs straight pseduoephedrine and, if they do, all they have to do is ask for it.
Understanding this problem and the devastation that Crystal Meth causes, any socially responsible merchant should not have to be told by a Federal or State legislature to control the sale of this product. It is, without a doubt, the main ingredient in Crystal Meth production.
Up to 2 % of students in 9th and 11th grade in our local district have admitted using Crystal Meth in the past 30 days. Some districts have figures exceeding 5%. That's a lot of kids and someone has to do something to make this drug and its ingredients as hard to get as possible.
How can you help? If you see Sudafed (with pseudoephedrine) in your local grocery or on pharmacy store shelves, talk to the pharmacist and voice your opinion. Remember: They DON'T HAVE TO sell Sudafed. Ask them to remove the product and place it behind the pharmacy counter.
Do something. Be vocal, let the facts and your opinion be known.
Who has taken Sudafed off the shelves?
CVS, Longs, Rite Aid, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Albertsons, to mention a few.
Thank them, if you have the opportunity.
The child you save may be your own.
Copyright 2006 Dr. Mitchell A. Goodis, DDS
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