Ahh, don't you just love these scaremongering tales from the so called serious press? This from The Telegraph (UK):
'Drug fears could force Lemsip off shelves'
By Duncan Hooper and agencies
Last Updated: 9:28am BST 25/04/2007
Some over-the-counter flu remedies could become prescription-only amid mounting police concern that their ingredients can be used in the manufacture of the class A drug "crystal meth".
Caroline Flint, the health minister, said that police were increasingly worried that pseudoephedrine and ephedrine - used as decongestants in products such as Lemsip - can be extracted "relatively easily" and used to make methylamphetamine.
She warned of "very serious" consequences if methylamphetamine - known as crystal meth or "ice" - secured a hold in the UK Reducing the ease with which common decongestants can be purchased could make manufacture of the drug more difficult, she added.
Producing similar effects to crack cocaine when smoked, crystal meth is a highly-addictive stimulant and can cause serious physical and psychological harm.
It has caused major problems in a number of US cities and was reclassified as a class A drug in Britain at the beginning of this year.
Evidence suggests chronic use can lead to psychosis, including paranoia and violent behaviour.