Last month I went to the drugstore to purchase a cold medicine. The pharmacist recommended the Walgreen version of "Sudafed," and I, with unusual economy of speech, replied "Gimme."
Not So Fast!
|It seems that the active ingredient, pseudoephedrine hydrochloride, can be used to manufacture the dangerous and addictive drug methamphetamine ("meth"), and with 30 milligrams in each tablet of a box containing many tablets, I might be able to extract a good fraction of a gram. Fortunately, the pharmacist must have decided I didn't look too suspicious, and so only needed to make a copy of my driver's license and log the purchase before sending me on my way.|
This related news story was reported at about the same time, much too soon to suspect me of contributing my precursor gram-fraction.
Mexico Meth Bust: Army Finds 15 Tons Of Pure Methamphetamine
GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- The historic seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in western Mexico, equal to half of all meth seizures worldwide in 2009, feeds growing speculation that the country could become a world platform for meth production, not just a supplier to the United States.