The following is a (slightly embellished) conversation I had, the other morning, when purchasing some Sudafed from a local Walgreens Drug store...

Seth: (handing Sudafed ticket to WalgreensMan) Since when do I have to get Sudafed from behind the counter?

WalgreensMan: Oh, this has been going on for a while now.

Seth: Why is this?

WalgreensMan: Well, apparently there’s an ingredient in Sudafed that helps create meth.

Seth: Whoa.

WalgreensMan: Yeah. I don’t know how they do it, but they do. I mean, who wants to be strung out and awake for 72 hours straight?

Seth: No kidding. So you write my name and driver’s license number down in that book?

WalgreensMan: Heh... it’s really just a binder.

Seth: You don’t have to turn that in anywhere?

WalgreensMan: Nope.

Seth: Weird. You’d think that with all the computers that we have nowadays that we could create a system to input all that information.

WalgreensMan: Yeah. I thought that, too.

Seth: So we’re really not trying to make it too hard for someone to buy a ton of this stuff...

WalgreensMan: Well, no one’s going to come in here and buy a lot if we have their name written down.

Seth: True. But couldn’t they just go to another drug store?

WalgreensMan: Yeah, I guess. But who has time to do that?

Seth: Uhhh... the same people strung out and awake for 72 hours straight?

WalgreensMan: *blank stare*

Is this just another stupid rule that we’ve issued to make us feel safer? I mean, if we REALLY wanted to track who’s buying tons of Sudafed, I think we’d have some tracking system in place by now. Hell, the FBI already tracks people who check out certain books in libraries, is this such a far stretch to imagine?

If my scenario were true, then some strung out doper looking to buy tons of Sudafed could have a hay-day in Kansas City. Doing a simple search for “Pharmacies” on Yahoo! Yellow Pages pulls up 200 results. 200...

And now I ask, “how’s that war on drugs going?”

+ original post date: December 10, 2005 11:37 PM
+ categories: WTF


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hey, there are men in blue working their asses off busting meth labs...don't forget those guys!

+ author: smanley
+ posted: December 12, 2005 09:58 AM

Yeah, I've always figured the sudafed restriction was about as effective as making everyone take off their shoes before boarding an airplane. A meaningless act to give the impression that something is being done.

It's kinda like when you need to sell all your plasma to get the money you need to buy your meth but they mark your fingernails so that you can only sell plasma once at one place in any given month. A little bleach will take that dye right off. A cheap little bottle of clorox is all you need to hit up a dozen plasma clinics in the same week. And with hardly any blood left, you can wind up strung out awake for up to 144 hours.

+ author: ScooterJ
+ posted: December 12, 2005 05:29 PM

that's the weirdest thing ever! i mean, really. any meth user could easily go to cosco and have a field day. but then the meth guy would have to get a cosco membership, and that would probably take too much time considering he has to attend to his meth and all.

and to think, i almost got a high times subscription....

oh, and happy new year!

+ author: barrie
+ posted: January 1, 2006 08:43 PM

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