Skip to comments.New cold medicine law goes into effect in NC [Register your Sudafed!]
Posted on 01/16/2006 7:50:48 AM PST by TaxRelief
WAKE FOREST, N.C. --North Carolina started enforcing its new law intended to stop the spread of methamphetamine labs on Sunday.
Since 1999 the number of meth labs in the state has skyrocketed. Then the State Bureau of Investigation busted nine labs; in 2005 they discovered 328 of them.
As of Jan. 15 you must be at least 18, show photo ID and sign a log if you want to by over-the-counter cold medicines such as Sudafed and Tylenol Cold. Both medicines contain either pseudoephedrine or ephedrine, which are key ingredients used to make meth.
Under the new law you can only buy two packages of cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine or ephedrine at a time, and only three packages in a 30-day period.
Comment 2: Today Sudafed; tomorrow baking soda? What is the legal precedent for requiring signatures for purchase of any product?
Comment 3: What is the legal precedent for limiting the quantity you can buy of ANY product? Will ammo be limited next? Cigarettes?
Jeez. We sometimes have 6 or 7 people in our family using Sudafed or equivalent allergy products. Are we going to have to go out of state? Does this affect children's liquids, or only tablets?
Thank goodness peyote grows wild around here. :)
Bought a prescription lately?
"What is the legal precedent for limiting the quantity you can buy of ANY product? Will ammo be limited next? Cigarettes?"
These types of restrictions are GOOD for you. So, liberals are 100% behind them. See, we've got to protect people from themselves. The nanny state. Ban cigarettes, guns, and anything else that can hurt you!
Oh, but listen in to conversations that Osama's friends have? Oh, now that's BAD. That's infringing on rights!
Good Lord, how can those people get it so backwards. If you're going to buy something you can hurt yourself with, and you do... well, maybe that part of the gene pool needed some chlorination.
They have to get a handle on this meth stuff! Its the same way here in Georgia, they are busting labs all over the place. It reminds me of the moonshine days where you couldn't buy large amounts of sugar at one time.
Most places just limit what you can buy. Buying a bottle of NyQuil is no problem. Buying it by the case is where you run into problems. Even so, I'm not so sure that it solves the problem. I'm betting that there are a lot of grocery store and convenience store owners, and wholesalers, that make a lot of money selling to meth dealers out the back door. Is the distributor going to know if it's going on? Business is good, a lot of people have colds and the flu, move along. Through the summer, it's allergy season. In the fall, a lot of people are allergic to mold.
"Thank goodness peyote grows wild around here. :)"
Is peyote controlled? What's the active ingredient? Do you seriously use it? I'm just curious.
its a good law they passed it here in alabama and the labs literally disappeared now if we can just stop the mexicans from bringing in from mexico
These laws are getting ridiculous.
In Oklahoma, you can only buy those at a pharmacy/drug store.
Arkansas Walmart only sells them at the pharmacy window. The Superstore is 24/7. The pharmacy isn't.
The idiots making these laws are probably some of the same idiots who are trying to make vitamins and herbals available only by prescription.
With the national increase in peoples' weight, soon they will be regulating the number of t-spoons of sugar one can buy on any single trip to the grocery store.
I'm just funnin' with CD. We have a NM vs. NC for silliness thing going.
I'm a beer and scotch man. :)
My wife really objects to this.... I have allergies and i take pseudofed and Benedryl.
But to me it seems like a better choice than making them prescription only which is the other thing you do when a drug is abusable..
80+% of the meth and/or ingredients come up from Mexico, mostly through illegal aliens.
Yet, virtually every state is focusing on over-the-counter cold medicines. Oh, and also iodine sold at feed stores.
My state has lead the country most years in Meth labs busted. Cold and allergy medicines are now kept behind the cash register in most stores and you can buy no more than two packages at a time.
How 'bout those illegal aliens?
In Texas all of these meds are now behind the counter.
A card that looks like the product is on the shelf and you take it to the counter in exchange for the actual product.
I'm toast if they do that..............I make jelly and buying 30 pounds of sugar at a clip is not unusual for me.
There was a GBI officer in the office last friday and he was telling me that they are makeing it in Mexico and bringing it in here now. He said it was more powerfull than the "homemade" stuff.
This is the law in Texas, too.
Have to go to the pharmacy to get 2 boxes of the real stuff.
I say let the junkies die. I don't care.
I have thought that this might happen. The druggies have taken control of a good product, and have abused it to the point where law abiding people are being punished. We use sudafed regularly in our household, but because of the size of my family, I can easily see where I might be over my "quota" allowed. What am I supposed to do then?
It's all the crap they pull to feed their habit before it kills them that's annoying.
" It reminds me of the moonshine days where you couldn't buy large amounts of sugar at one time."
Once prohibition was removed in the 30's, the moonshine business wasn't as profitable. That's why some counties are still "dry" counties, even though it seems very quaint and old-fashioned. The political infrastructure in those counties can make lots of money off of illegal moonshine so there's no way they would want to make liquor legal.
They haven't done it yet in Maryland or Virginia.........but I do know it is that way in Delaware now. It's driving some of my friends with allergies up the wall.
My Mom lives on a rural road in the middle of nowhere. One night there was an explosion and a huge fire at a house - turned out to be a meth lab and no one had any idea what was going on there. Now we tell Mom she lives in the ghetto. ;^)
|"Osama's people" crossing into US from Mexico?|
How soon will it be easier to go to your local meth dealer to buy pseudoephedrine than going to the drug store? "No Mr. Twitchy, you don't understand. I don't want to buy the meth, I have a cold and just want one of your ingredients."
All the more reason to make it dirt cheap, so they don't have to rob anyone on their way to the grave.
Hell, give it away free.
just go buy 50000 rounds of ammo or 500# of gunpowder or even better try to get 5 tons of chicken crap the gubmint will find you ASAP....guaranteed
items that are potentially harmful to society have to be controlled....period
Good thinking, where was my head at?
My sources in law enforcement (I am an medically-retired cop) tell me that it's more like 80+% is brewed in the county where it's getting sold. They seldom intercept shipments of meth in the same way they intercept pot, smack, or coke.
That's what Bloomberg says, too.
Heck, both Midland and Odessa now have decon units to deal with cleaning up these places.
Considering it was in Midland where those terrorists (yes, they are confirmed members of a terrorist cell, you heard it here first) were caught buying cellphones at Wal-Mart, I suppose Decon units are nice to have, whatever the original rationale for buying them.
Remember the article that recently came out claiming that cold remedies don't work to heal colds and are therefore useless and should not be used...This is the beginning of the ban on cold remedies. Activist science followed by nanny state control.
Yes, it is "brewed" here, but in the "superlabs," which are mainly run by illegal aliens, and their ingredients come up from Mexico, according to a number of stories I've read.
Just another case of where the little people have to suffer because our government can't control drug pushers! I'm sick of it!
The government has stood the Constitution on it's head since the Roosevelt began literally dozens of unconstitutional government programs buy invoking the "interstate commerce clause" and pretending that it was written to basically void the rest of the Constitution by giving Congress the power to do literally ANYTHING that is even remotely linked to interstate commerce.
So you SUPPLY other people's sugar habits, do you?
You know you're going to get sued by someone who got fat and, one time, ate one cracker with some jelly on it.
Geez, I hadn't heard about Midland/Odessa. Perhaps they should deputize some of the locals and let 'em round them up.....
There is an age below which it is reasonable to expect that kids should not be self-medicating. You can argue whether that age is 6 or 18 or something in-between. But the sad fact is that massive amounts of Corecidan (sp?) is a cheap, legally obtainable, and dangerous high for some teens. I don't think teens can buy spray paints in some states, and I know the old Testors plastic cement was once sold only to adults for the same reason.
To be honest, I have no idea what the "signature" part of the law is about unless it is an attempt to keep the merchants honest.
I don't mind its being "behind the counter" as long as we can get some when we need it. Maybe laws of this kind will spur the development of alternative decongestants!
Real meth labs just get this stuff from Mexico. They must be going after the very small operators.
Yeah, we're on I-20 between El Paso and DFW, so (Odessa, really) is kind of a hot bed of meth right now.
FWIW, I actually prefer chlorpheniramine maleate (chlor-trimeton) to the stuff with pseudoephedrine.
I also find it helps for migraine type headaches caused by the vagus nerve going funky-like when you wear headphones, or a visor, and the next thing you know you have sharp shooting pains radiating from behind the ear or jaw across the top of your head.
Now when they start regulating chlorpheniramine, then, I'll be stockpiling the stuff!
These are state laws, so the commerce clause (and federal power) is not implicated.
That said, these are stupid laws for an altogether different reason.
before this law took effect we literally had a house exploding a week in marshall county and it wasnt illegals doing it.
it was the local "redneck chemists" who saw a chance at an easy buck
I fully understand - someone earlier mentioned that the pharmacy at WalMart isn't open all the time so that would make it tough to get the meds at night - I haven't experienced that because we try to keep meds here all the time.
I know Midland/Odessa well...... ;^)
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.