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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    The history of drug policy is one of unintended—though often predictable—negative consequences. The AP reports on the latest example of this phenomenon, as it relates to recent attempts to eliminate methamphetamine misuse.

    Reporter Jim Salter writes:

    Electronic systems that track sales of the cold medicine used to make methamphetamine have failed to curb the drug trade and instead created a vast, highly lucrative market for profiteers to buy over-the-counter pills and sell them to meth producers at a huge markup.

    An Associated Press review of federal data shows that the lure of such easy money has drawn thousands of new people into the methamphetamine underworld over the last few years.

    While causing annoying inconvenience to people with colds and flus, these laws have created a tremendous source of revenue for those facing foreclosure and unemployment. People willing to put their names on electronic registries and purchase the maximum legal number of packages repeatedly at multiple pharmacies can resell the $7-8 items for $40-50 to meth makers, with very little risk of arrest.

    Writes Salter:
    Meth-related activity is on the rise again nationally, up 34 percent in 2009, the year with the most recent figures. That number includes arrests, seizures of the drug and the discovery of abandoned meth-production sites.

    The increase was higher in the three states that have electronically tracked sales of medication containing pseudoephedrine since at least 2008. Meth incidents rose a combined 67 percent in those states — 34 percent in Arkansas, 65 percent in Kentucky and 164 percent in Oklahoma.

    Supporters of tracking say the numbers have spiked because the system makes it easier for police to find people who participate in meth production. But others question whether the tracking has helped make the problem worse by creating a new class of criminals that police must pursue.

    So what affect has this had on use rates and treatment admissions? According to national data, the number of current meth users has been stable or slightly declining since before the laws were enacted, so it's hard to say. Clearly, however, availability and supply are not a problem— and many new positions in the criminal job market have been created generating something of an unintended stimulant stimulus.

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011



  1. Moving Pictures
    My friend has done this a few times for a few people. They gave him the money to buy two boxes (max amount) and gave him money on top of that for the work. He didn't get anywhere near $50 though. They've also given him pills (xanax/valium, lortab/methadone) and the money to buy the boxes for doing it. He even got an offer for a quarter-gram of meth to buy the boxes but he declined and asked for money instead.

    It's not a bad deal, though a couple of times he's gotten funny looks at the pharmacy. He makes sure not to do it more than once a month, so there's nothing they can do about it...

    So yes, the restrictions on pseduofed are creating a new "market" for people to illegally make money. They're also an inconvience to people who really need the pills more often. My (very religious, anti-drug) neighbors had this problem when they were both sick and needed Claritin-D but the husband had to send his wife in to buy it because he had already bought too many.
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