New Federal Antimeth Rules: Effective Or Overkill?


University of Utah freshman Hailey Cloninger, who often gets colds and sinus infections in her dormitory, is irked that she will now have to get her preferred medicine, Sudafed, from a pharmacist because of new federal regulations that went into effect this week, says the Salt Lake Tribune. The Drug Enforcement Administration is requiring pharmacies to keep cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine behind the counter and limit their sales, citing worries about people who use it to make the highly addictive drug methamphetamine. “I think it’s overkill,” said the 18-year-old, who is studying to become a pharmacist. “I think they should monitor who buys a lot of it. But I get colds a lot, and I’m not trying to make meth.”

The new rules are causing headaches for many pharmacists, who find keeping detailed records time consuming. “Our industry was not in favor of this change because we see it as a barrier to good customer service,” said a spokeswoman for one pharmacist. Police believe the regulations are having an impact, combined with increased trafficking from Mexico. Yet Keith Millett, commander of the Iron/Garfield Counties Narcotics Task Force, said meth use is as prevalent as ever despite the fact police have not found a meth lab in two years. “In the overall picture, it’s good,” Millett said of the regulations, “but the everyday freedoms we enjoy are kind of lost.”


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