Army of Mom

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Banning sudafed

State Sen. Craig Estes is from Wichita Falls, but I think he is our representative, too. Well, another case of good intentions gone awry. He has proposed legislation that will essentially ban sudafed.

This site shows how dangerous methamphetamines are, but I don't see how banning sudafed or making it cost more by making a prescription required to get it is going to fix things. Great, another example of how people who do bad things make people like me suffer. Right now, I can go to Dollar General store and buy sudafed for $1. If I have to get a prescription, it will be $15. Yeah, great deterrent.

Senate Bill 107 filed by Estes proposes to prohibit over-the-counter sales of single entity forms of pseudoephedrine, but would still allow for liquid, gel capsule and liquid capsule form in which pseudoephedrine is not the only active ingredient.

I see the idea behind it. I just don't think this is the answer.


  • At 8:21 AM, January 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    In Iowa, there is a limit on how many packages you can buy...I forget if it's one or two. Also, these items are kept in a secure place as to prevent theft. I don't use it, so I am not bothered by it...but many people I know are.


  • At 8:36 AM, January 14, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    There is a similar law in place in Texas now. You can't buy more than a couple of packages. I can see putting them behind a counter and making you ask for them, but going back to making it a prescription is frustrating.

  • At 12:42 PM, January 30, 2005, Blogger Gritsforbreakfast said…

    Estes also wants to boost the penalties for meth use to untenable levels. I wrote on that legislation here. His whole approach on meth is well-intentioned, but disappointingly, not very well thought through.

  • At 6:54 PM, January 30, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    I tend to agree.

  • At 1:59 AM, May 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sudafed should be banned for the unbelievably horrible and dangerous side effects it causes, who cares about whether people use it in meth labs. Ban it because it is dangerous to begin with! The FDA can ban other dangerous drugs, but leave this one still out there floating around? Whatever.


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