Re: Obama Admin Blocks OTC morning after pill.
posted at 12/8/2011 5:15 PM EST
In Response to Re: Obama Admin Blocks OTC morning after pill.
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Obama Admin Blocks OTC morning after pill. : Well it's not me calling it the War on Drugs. Pseudophedrine had been available OTC for years and years. It still is, but you have to show ID. They did that because the drug was easier to convert to methamphetamine than are vaguely related OTC compounds like ephedrine. Plus, unlike ephedrine, pseudophedrine also came in tablets without any other drugs. So meth manufacturers would buy it buy the cartload. I would certainly like to be corrected, but I am absolutely certain the move to behind the counter was 100% and exclusively due to the methamphetamine scare. I am not aware of any serious side-effects, and there is no incentive to abuse it. It doesn't make anyone high, it would just make your nose really really really dry. Now they just send people around to buy a box here and there.... And of course, cut down on one drug and usage of others pops up. What can I say? People like to get high. (Ephedrine was temporarily made illegal by many states, like Mass, because imbeciles would take a handful, go to the gym, and have the heart attack they were begging for --- it's like a stronger form of caffeine, though I only take it (and in 1/2 or 1/3 of the dose) when I'm really sick but absolutely need to get work done, and coffee doesn't cut it. The actual intended use is as a broncho-dialotor; opens up your lungs a bit. Thus, it is sold paired with guafenisin, which is an expectorant; helps you cough up phlegm. For serious lung colds. But beware, it ticks up your heart rate a lot more than caffeine. And, I find, even small amounts can make you easily irritable.). In fact, ephedrine supports my position. As with pseudophedrine, you do have to show ID for it as well, but that is because it falls under the same federal law requiring ID for pseudophedrine; as I noted, it's similar enough that comparable chemical processes will convert it to methamphetamine. It is not behind the counter because it can kill you not very far past the recommended maximum dose. And there are a lot more people likely to take too many pep pills than there are careless people who are likely to hurt themselves with the morning after pill.
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Methamphetamine is not a "scare", it is very real, with very real consequences and health effects. Further, even when these labs are discovered they are an extraordinary physical danger to the people who dismantle them, and the general public around them.
The difference between ephedrine and pseudoephedrine is the orientation of one hydroxyl group. If you look at the compound in three dimensions that hydroxyl group will extend outward away from you rather than inward towards you. Other than that difference, the two are exactly the same chemical structure, not "vaguely similar" but identical. And, structurally speaking, neither compound has anything to do with caffeine, nor does it look like caffeine after analysis with an NMR, IR, GC-MS, or any other benchtop analysis you can think of…if that were the case some enterprising chemist would start extracting caffeine from coffee beans (the process is quite simple, I did it as an undergraduate out of boredom) and start making methamphetamine from the extract.