Don’t you just love it when a short-sighted bit of American WAR ON DRUGS policy is obediently adopted here in Australia, restricting your ability to buy medicines that, as critics predicted they would, actually work in order to make the trade more profitable for drug dealers?
But an Associated Press analysis of federal data reveals that the practice has not only failed to curb the meth trade, which is growing again after a brief decline. It also created a vast and highly lucrative market for profiteers to buy over-the-counter pills and sell them to meth producers at a huge markup.
In just a few years, the lure of such easy money has drawn thousands of new people into the methamphetamine underworld.
“It’s almost like a sub-criminal culture,” said Gary Boggs, an agent at the Drug Enforcement Administration. “You’ll see them with a GPS unit set up in a van with a list of every single pharmacy or retail outlet. They’ll spend the entire week going store to store and buy to the limit.”
Doesn’t that makes the struggle to get real Sudafed when you have a cold all worth while?
While we’re here, surely selling that stupid ineffective phenylephedrine stuff under the same name as the pseudoephedrine medicine we’ve used for years is “misleading and deceptive conduct” in trading and should be investigated by the ACCC. Hell, even the name “Sudafed” implies it contains pseudoephedrine. The placebo equivalent should be called “Fenilfed” to make it clear that it’s not the cold medicine that actually works. Or at least “pseudo-sudafed”.