Meth a great tragedy |

Meth a great tragedy

The tragic death of Drew Reynolds, quintessential good guy, is one face of methamphetamine use. Another is one I see in ER: hallucinating, jumpy meth users who come in, either for methamphetamine-induced psychosis or for imagined ailments (“there are bugs inside me,” for instance). We also see the most unfortunate victims of meth: unwanted, untended children who are byproducts of lust, being “raised” by those paranoid and sometimes violent meth users.

Meth is the greatest tragedy in our country. Why haven’t we taken more aggressive action against it? Any ne’er-do-well with access to Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) can make methamphetamine at home. Meth use is inversely correlated with government controls on the chemicals used in its manufacture.

Why, then, are Sudafed and other sources of epinephrine still so easy to buy or shoplift? Why are only a few pharmacies keeping Sudafed behind the counter for tighter control? And why has the DEA not called for restricted access? It’s noteworthy that OTC cold medicines are a $3 billion a year business and that the obscenely powerful pharmaceutical industry regularly lobbies against tighter restrictions (see

Please contact your pharmacist and your representatives to lobby for tighter controls. Innocent lives depend on it.

Diane Miessler

Grass Valley

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