Oregon to Outlaw Claritin
Ok, not exactly outlaw it …
Oregonians who want over-the-counter cold medicine soon may need a doctor’s permission to buy it.
Trying to stem the abuse of methamphetamine, the Oregon Senate will likely vote next week on a bill that would make the state the nation’s first to require a prescription for popular cold medicines, which are used to create the illegal drug.
The bill, approved Wednesday on a 55-4 vote by the state House of Representatives, would classify any product containing pseudoephedrine a pharmaceutical requiring a prescription for purchase. Gov. Ted Kulongoski supports it.
Pseudoephedrine, a primary ingredient in the illegal, highly addictive stimulant methamphetamine, is a key ingredient in medicines such as Sudafed and Claritin.
While I’m completely against legalizing illicit drugs, to punish law abiding citizens because the DEA and local law enforcement can’t or won’t do their jobs seems like a solution that’s worse than the problem.