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It's allergy season. So, I stopped by Walgreens last week to buy some Sudafed. Not only is the stuff sold from behind the pharmacy counter, but now you have to provide your driver's license in order to make the purchase. I haven't a clue where the records will be sent to or who will be tasked with keeping track of my two boxes. If you don't know, Sudafed (and its generics) can be used along with other ingredients to make meth. As a way to curb meth, sales on Sudafed are restricted. But this seems like a little much. How many people are out there cooking up meth compared to those with allergies, flu symptoms, or other inflammatory issues?
Did you have a chemistry set in your youth? Don't expect to get one now for younger family members. As an article in this month's Wired reports, even model rocketry enthusiasts are going on terrorist watch lists. Want to fertilize your garden? Don't count on having access to anything with ammonium nitrate anymore. "It is illegal in Texas, for example, to buy such basic labware as Erlenmeyer flasks or three-necked beakers without first registering with the state’s Department of Public Safety to declare that they will not be used to make drugs."
Doesn't this seem a little overdramatic?