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July 20, 2011 Crime, STL Region 16 Comments

In the poll last week readers made it clear they don’t want to need a prescription to buy common cold & allergy medication:

Q: Should St. Louis County & City Require Prescriptions for Cold & Allergy Medicines to Stop the Production of Meth?

  1. No, don’t punish innocents in an effort to stop the illegal activities of a few 52 [48.6%]
  2. Yes, meth is a regional problem 26 [24.3%]
  3. Only if the other four counties agree to fund homeless services in the city 12 [11.21%]
  4. No, rural counties don’t care about our problems, why should we help them? 8 [7.48%]
  5. Other answer… 7 [6.54%]
  6. Unsure/no opinion 2 [1.87%]

So much for regional cooperation. Here are the seven other answers:

  1. no, current laws are strict enough (and just shifting production to Mexico)
  2. Put it behind the counter
  3. These choices are ridicules. Yes, by prescription, to protect the innocent.
  4. Why isn’t the electronic tracking system, in place now, doing the job?
  5. Could write the law to expire in a few years?
  6. What do homeless services have to do with cold
  7. No. This will drive up the cost of the medicine by forcing everyone to see docs

The answer with the most votes was not originally one I provided.  The poll software allows me to convert a reader submitted answer into an official poll answer, which I did early on the first day of this poll.

– Steve Patterson

 

Currently there are "16 comments" on this Article:

  1. OGSTL says:

    I really think that if you take a look at what the state of Oregon went through with meth, it is best to require a prescription for pseudoephedrine.  After doing so, it led to a huge decline in meth addicts.  I think the problem with meth in Missouri outweighs my ability to walk into Walgreens and grab some Sudafed, when I can just turn around, walk 2 feet and find many other cold medications.  I think we’re being a little too fearful here.  There is a great documentary called ‘The Meth Epidemic’.  It’s very interesting and very sad.

     
  2. OGSTL says:

    I really think that if you take a look at what the state of Oregon went through with meth, it is best to require a prescription for pseudoephedrine.  After doing so, it led to a huge decline in meth addicts.  I think the problem with meth in Missouri outweighs my ability to walk into Walgreens and grab some Sudafed, when I can just turn around, walk 2 feet and find many other cold medications.  I think we’re being a little too fearful here.  There is a great documentary called ‘The Meth Epidemic’.  It’s very interesting and very sad.

     
  3. Stljmartin1 says:

    Playing an elaborate game of whack-a-mole is all I see. There is absolutely no evidence for to support further regulations and enforcement for ever satisfying the demand. Law enforcement advocates will say the policies are working yet dismiss the reality of the evidence indicating otherwise.  Suddenly all of the afflicted people have been cured and there is no problem due simply to laws, enforcement and perhaps treatment? I doubt that. There are explanations I am sure and I need look no further than the drug war as a whole to find my answers. The drug war is insatiable in appetite for the growers, the cartels, the dealers, users and of course the enforcers. One document after another just indicates a behemoth of proportions that should not be overlooked by any of us. Besides a personal stand, ( I never drink or taking illicit drugs) once one opens their mind to the chaos that is life, you will begin to understand why you cannot eradicate what is simply part of our evolution as people. Perhaps one day we will all be enlightened beings, but until that time, people will seek escape and some people will become hooked to what it offers despite the pain associated in that decision. 

     
  4. Stljmartin1 says:

    Playing an elaborate game of whack-a-mole is all I see. There is absolutely no evidence for to support further regulations and enforcement for ever satisfying the demand. Law enforcement advocates will say the policies are working yet dismiss the reality of the evidence indicating otherwise.  Suddenly all of the afflicted people have been cured and there is no problem due simply to laws, enforcement and perhaps treatment? I doubt that. There are explanations I am sure and I need look no further than the drug war as a whole to find my answers. The drug war is insatiable in appetite for the growers, the cartels, the dealers, users and of course the enforcers. One document after another just indicates a behemoth of proportions that should not be overlooked by any of us. Besides a personal stand, ( I never drink or taking illicit drugs) once one opens their mind to the chaos that is life, you will begin to understand why you cannot eradicate what is simply part of our evolution as people. Perhaps one day we will all be enlightened beings, but until that time, people will seek escape and some people will become hooked to what it offers despite the pain associated in that decision. 

     
  5. Em says:

    The most recent stats indicate that presciption only has help tremendously, in Washington, MO and other cities around Missouri that have already enacted the ban, demand has dropped by 90%….I don’t know where they are going but every bit helps to stop houses blowing up and rolling meth labs exploding next to you!  There are hundreds of other meds that do the same damn thing for a cold, get real, you don’t need sudafed!!

     
  6. Em says:

    The most recent stats indicate that presciption only has help tremendously, in Washington, MO and other cities around Missouri that have already enacted the ban, demand has dropped by 90%….I don’t know where they are going but every bit helps to stop houses blowing up and rolling meth labs exploding next to you!  There are hundreds of other meds that do the same damn thing for a cold, get real, you don’t need sudafed!!

     
    • OGSTL says:

      It’s hard to believe that people won’t get behind this.  It is such an easy solution.  Why are people so obsessed with Sudafed?  I haven’t used it in 15 years or more.  Drink chicken soup, wash your hands and save children from being raised by meth addicted parents.

       
      • mj314 says:

        I agree. Suck it up. If you really need pseudoephedrine get a prescription from a doctor. On a different note, I want to know what this has to do with Sudafed… Only if the other four counties agree to fund homeless services in the city.

         
        • samizdat says:

          A considerably large number of people in this benighted country who do not have a personal physician, much less the ability to afford one.

           
    • yet psuedoephidren works better for sinus issues than those others, at least for me. Believe me, I’ve tried them all.

       
  7. OGSTL says:

    It’s hard to believe that people won’t get behind this.  It is such an easy solution.  Why are people so obsessed with Sudafed?  I haven’t used it in 15 years or more.  Drink chicken soup, wash your hands and save children from being raised by meth addicted parents.

     
  8. Pretty sure the one thing the War on Drugs has proved (aside from how ignorant and greedy our lawmakers are) is that you cant legislate away demand for illegal substances.  Education is the way.  Didnt work for booze, pot, blow or heroin….why do we think this is still the answer? – Because like the other poster chimed, the “industry” – jails, cops, judges, gov have to much too lose…and sadly the american sheeple are dumb enough to let it continue…

     
  9. Pretty sure the one thing the War on Drugs has proved (aside from how ignorant and greedy our lawmakers are) is that you cant legislate away demand for illegal substances.  Education is the way.  Didnt work for booze, pot, blow or heroin….why do we think this is still the answer? – Because like the other poster chimed, the “industry” – jails, cops, judges, gov have to much too lose…and sadly the american sheeple are dumb enough to let it continue…

     
  10. yet psuedoephidren works better for sinus issues than those others, at least for me. Believe me, I’ve tried them all.

     
  11. Anonymous says:

    I agree. Suck it up. If you really need pseudoephedrine get a prescription from a doctor. On a different note, I want to know what this has to do with Sudafed… Only if the other four counties agree to fund homeless services in the city.

     
  12. samizdat says:

    A considerably large number of people in this benighted country who do not have a personal physician, much less the ability to afford one.

     

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