Thursday, June 27, 2013

Drug War Failure--Meth

The whole reason why we can't buy Sudafed over-the-counter, even though it is an over-the-counter drug, was to reduce the production of methamphetamine. I figured at the time it was B.S.--a drug manufacturer is not going to the local Walgreens to buy a few boxes of pseudoephedrine. Nonetheless, state after state passed laws requiring you to go the pharmacist and present identification in order to buy a box of Sudafed, but still restricting the amount you can buy.

Well, it is clear that this has worked out as well as the rest of the so-called drug war. From Catholic Online:

Worldwide seizures of methamphetamine grew by 73 percent. From 51 tons in 2010 to 88 tons in 2011. All of the seizures were reported by the U.S. and Mexico according to the report.

The report also states:
The highest methamphetamine seizures were reported by Mexico, where seizures more than doubled, from 13 tons to 31 tons [i.e. the most in the world], and surpassed for the first time those of the United States which seized 23 tons in 2011, up from 15 tons in 2010.

Most methamphetamine laboratories continue to be reported by the United States, where their numbers quadrupled from 2,754 in 2010 to 11,116 in 2011.
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The drug is addictive, dangerous, and deadly, and it remains cheap as the Mexican cartels pump industrial quantities into the United States, made to about 90 percent purity in massive chemical laboratories along the Pacific coast.
Worse yet, according to the article,  the Sinaloa cartel is the primary manufacturer and smuggler of these drugs into the U.S. (See also here). The Sinaloa cartel is alleged to have ties to the U.S. government, and was the beneficiary of the "gun walker" program. Interestingly, opium production in Afghanistan seems to have done very well under Obama's watch.

Heroin use is also increasing.

So, since the restrictions on Sudafed are not working, can we get rid of them?

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