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Monday, November 17, 2008

As if meth-heads aren't paranoid enough ...

One of the main ingredients in home-cooked meth is pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine is available in over-the-counter cold meds. As a result, meth is easy and cheap — if not always safe — to make. Meth is also wildly popular in Georgia and elsewhere, having transcended its reputation as "hillbilly cocaine" to become fashionable among the urban set.

Basically, something's got to give.

Georgia lawmakers want to stem the production of meth by setting up a MethCheck Database. The MD would track the purchases of pseudoephedrine statewide. When someone buys too much Sudafed, he or she might end up on the database — and be arrested. (Fear not — the amount of Sudafed necessary to make a decent-sized batch of meth would far outweigh what the most sickly of cold-sufferers could possibly consume.)

The Georgia Senate's MethCheck Database Study Committee will meet on tomorrow at the State Capitol, room 455, from 10 a.m.-noon to discuss this pressing matter. Should be interesting.

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