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    Re: Indiana Grandmother Jailed After Buying One Box Too Many of Cold Medicine

    I went to the pharmacy last month to "stock up" because my husband and my 2 kids had bad colds. I had to sign an agreement and they took my drivers license, and verified my address just in case I was using 4-way, Triaminic night time cold relief, Children's Benedryl, and Advil cold and sinus for purposes not intended.

    Guess they thought I was cooking something other than meatballs in my kitchen. Totally crazy! I can see a cause for concern if I buy 20 boxes of sudafed but give me a break!
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    Re: Indiana Grandmother Jailed After Buying One Box Too Many of Cold Medicine

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    Re: Indiana Grandmother Jailed After Buying One Box Too Many of Cold Medicine

    Sweet Jumping Geebus! Pardon her for wanting to keep her household as well as possible!

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    Re: Indiana Grandmother Jailed After Buying One Box Too Many of Cold Medicine

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    Oh, FFS !

    This is insane. The lack of any kind of useful cold medicines anymore already pisses me off. They don't work for nothing anymore ('cept for Nyquil, that still works ... )
    The good ones are kept behind the counter, and you have to sign a form and provide identification to get them (they are meth precursors).

    The problem is that it puts the onus on private businesses to notify consumers when they've exceeded their mandatory amount in a set timeframe. I can't imagine that 2 boxes in a week should be enough to set off this kind of response.

    These laws were put into place because individuals were buying dozens of boxes on behalf of meth cookers, who then turned them into meth. Not because someone bought TWO boxes in a week.

    I smell lucrative civil lawsuit.

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    Re: Indiana Grandmother Jailed After Buying One Box Too Many of Cold Medicine

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    The good ones are kept behind the counter, and you have to sign a form and provide identification to get them (they are meth precursors).

    The problem is that it puts the onus on private businesses to notify consumers when they've exceeded their mandatory amount in a set timeframe. I can't imagine that 2 boxes in a week should be enough to set off this kind of response.

    These laws were put into place because individuals were buying dozens of boxes on behalf of meth cookers, who then turned them into meth. Not because someone bought TWO boxes in a week.

    I smell lucrative civil lawsuit.

    I didn't know that about the good ones being kept behind the counter!

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    Brought to you by social conservatives! Thanks guys!

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    Re: Indiana Grandmother Jailed After Buying One Box Too Many of Cold Medicine

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    I didn't know that about the good ones being kept behind the counter!
    They totally do. There is only one cold medicine that really works well for me, I think it's called pseudoephedrine. The others make me really loopy.

    I guess I'm risking prosecution every time I seek out the good cold meds.

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    Re: Indiana Grandmother Jailed After Buying One Box Too Many of Cold Medicine

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    Brought to you by social conservatives! Thanks guys!
    I dunno, I don't know many people who think that methamphetamine production in the U.S. should be encouraged. It's a pretty negative drug in every possible way, from the effects on users to the toxic residues left behind from cooking it.

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    Re: Indiana Grandmother Jailed After Buying One Box Too Many of Cold Medicine

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    They totally do. There is only one cold medicine that really works well for me, I think it's called pseudoephedrine. The others make me really loopy.

    I guess I'm risking prosecution every time I seek out the good cold meds.
    Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed/Wal-phed, etc) is totally awesome. It's the only thing that unstuffs my nose and if I take it with 1000 mg. of Tylenol, it totally knocks out my sinus headaches.

    What happened to that woman is a miscarriage of justice, and whoever ordered her arrest really should be shot.




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    Re: Indiana Grandmother Jailed After Buying One Box Too Many of Cold Medicine

    I'm not sure what her being a grandmother has to do with anything other than to paint a picture of her that didn't need painting. The arrest was absurd, but I'm sure she wasn't physically heaved into a jail cell the way the author pens it. The facts are scarey enough without the added drama.

    In the 1980's, I had wild hair. I was a college student and was well aware that I looked like a party girl. I got this horrible cough that wouldn't go away, so the dr suggested I ask the pharmacist for something called terpenhydrate (sp?). My mother (bless her old heart) said they used to call that stuff "GI gin."

    I was sick, so I'm sure I looked like heck when I asked the pharmacist for that stuff. He refused to sell it to me. My mother went over to the counter while I stood around the corner and asked for the same thing. He gave it to her.

    I dunno. I wasn't the least bit happy about it, but there's always been some crazy stuff surrounding cough medicines. While I don't agree with someone being arrested for buying cough medicine and subsequently have their name splashed in the news, it's something most of us are aware of and take precautions against.
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