Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Lawmakers Protect Citizens from Dangerous Toxins

Picture the following likely scenario:
It's 11:00 PM, and you've been lying in bed for two hours now, suffering from various unpleasant symptoms of the cold your cow-orker so graciously shared with you. Finally you decide that enough is enough and you head down to the local 24 hour grocery store to pick up some liquid relief. Five minutes later, you're at the grocery store. Forty-five minutes later, you're still wandering up and down the medicine aisles in your bathrobe, and you still haven't found the cold medicine. You're starting to think that it might not just be your stuffy head clouding your vision, like you thought at first, but that maybe the cold medicine really isn't here after all...
ew, yukWell, if you thought you couldn't find the cold medicine because it wasn't there, you would be right. Thanks to a new State law (which passed 79 to 17 in the House and 45 to 1 in the Senate), cold medications must now be kept behind lock and key with the prescription drugs. Meaning that if you want cold relief, you must now come during pharmacy hours and show your ID. Why, you ask? Well to stop those pesky meth labs, of course! As the P-I informs us, several other states have similar laws, including Oregon. And everyone knows that there just aren't any meth labs in Oregon. Nope, none at all. It definitely isn't as if three times a week on the evening news in Portland there is a story about a meth lab being busted by the cops.

Oh wait... yes, that's exactly how it is. But I definitely feel safer now, knowing that starting October 1st, any time I buy some Sudafed to "temporarily relieve nasal congestion due to the common cold, hay fever, or other upper respiratory allergies" my ID information will be logged in a database! I feel safer already! Hopefully this was one of the bills with an emergency clause. Getting cold medication out of the hands of ID-less miscreants and late-night cold-sufferers is an emergency if I've ever seen one.

Maybe during their next session they can protect us from some of the other dangerous items that are all too easily available.

Source: Seattle P-I
Categories: News, Local


Blogger Nathan said...


I replied over at Sound Politics too, but the answer is yes:

AN ACT Relating to the sale of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine; amending RCW 69.43.110, 18.64.044, 18.64.046, and 18.64.047; adding new sections to chapter 69.43 RCW; creating new sections; prescribing penalties; providing effective dates; and declaring an emergency.

I don't know where you can find a list of all the emergencies the legislature has created this year, but if you're curious about a given bill, the relevant section is right at the top of the text.

6:14 AM, May 13, 2005  

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