Many of us look fondly upon the days when you could go to the drug or grocery store and pick up a decongestant while plugged up and just be done with it after handing over your cold-contaminated cash at the register. Now, in your foggy, miserable state, you have to find a pharmacist who will take down your license information before handing over the powerful stuff. Ugh, more people and details involved in the equation. Suddenly the transaction costs go up, and I know I’m more likely to say “F*ck it, I’ll keep sniffling.”
But at least I still have the choice to find immediate relief at a reasonable price if I’m willing to jump through the hoops. These hoops, which we were promised would reduce meth labs, shockingly, have had no impact other than inconveniencing consumers and getting grandmothers arrested. So what are law enforcement groups calling for as the next step in the drug war? Requiring a prescription for decongestants.
Lord, I wish I were kidding. The representative of a Missouri law enforcement group says we need to battle the big, bad “pharmaceutical companies that make more than a billion dollars a year from cold relief medicines containing pseudoephedrine.” Oddly enough, he also claims that cold relief pills are comparable to chocolate chip cookies. God help him if he tries to go after Tollhouse cookie makers. Mothers will send all of their sniffling, sneezing rugrats after him.