by Jon Sanders
Director of the Center for Food, Power, and Life, Research Editor | John Locke Foundation
Here in North Carolina we are entering cold and allergy season, which has been estimated to run from October through September.
Beleaguered sufferers have no doubt encountered North Carolina’s law that presupposes they are probably planning to forego treating their stuffy heads and instead go straight into manufacturing methamphetamine.
If you wish to buy an effective decongestant, you buy something with pseudoephedrine (such as Sudafed). But to do that you have to surrender your driver’s license to the pharmacist and have your purchase tracked. And then you have to do it all over again in a few short days because the amount the law lets you buy is quite limited.
A Rights & Regulation Update discussed how rogue chemists have stayed ahead of policymakers trying to prevent meth production by restricting things used to produce it. It didn’t use to be pseudoephedrine, by the way.
Turns out the key ingredient to making meth depends on the policies in effect. A quick summary on that point:
As the ACHS put it, a side effect of taking pseudoephedrine off the shelves is it made meth production more efficient.
That can’t make Carolina cold and allergy sufferers feel any better about the rather insulting and inconvenient process — that it’s ultimately no more effective than phenylephrine.