Thursday, March 10, 2011

Don’t make cold medicine illegal

In the never ending and always expanding war on drugs, we are now being asked to see a doctor and get a prescription for pseudoephedrine products which most of us have use for years without problems. It just so happens that some people use that stuff to make methamphetamine. And for that reason alone, some Kansas congress people want to make this stuff prescription only (Senate Bill 131). That means every time some one gets a slight cold, they will have to pay for a doctor visit to buy simple cold medicine they can now just walk in a drug store and buy.
Why should the majority of people in this state, who do not use, buy or sell meth, have to pay for a small minority who use this stuff? At what point can law abiding citizens stop paying for the mistakes of others?
And while this state is suing the Federal government to stop Obama-care, complaining that it is too expensive, they don’t care that this new restriction will be a heavy medical burden on people who simply have a cold. Do the insurance companies want to pay for over the counter cold medicines they don’t pay for now?
According to The Wichita Eagle, there is already and tracking system for theseproducts and limits on how much a person can buy. The state stops a buyer for more than 3.6 grams for a single purchase or more than 9 grams in 30 days. Claritin-D, Zyrtec-D and Advil Cold are some of the most common products that contain pseudoephedrine. Opponents of this new bill warn of government going into our medicine cabinets. The Republicans have complained for the last three years of government getting into our health care. Now is the time for them to put up or shut up.

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