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Carded for Claritin?

The other day I was having a really bad allergic reaction to my friend's Springer Spaniel. Nothing a little over-the-counter Claritin wouldn't fix.

But when I went to pick it up at the drugstore, there was a little card on the shelf that stood in place of the box. It said something like, "You must pick up this medicine at the register."

When I got up to the counter, and gave them my card, they asked to see my license. I asked, "Are you carding me?" And the woman said that they're required to write down my name and other info, to make sure that I'm not buying an obscene amount. She said that kids are buying mass quantities of allergy and cold medicine to make it into meth.

Apparently many companies are joining the fight on methamphetamine. Chains such as Target and Wal-Mart are restricting access to drugs containing pseudoephedrine.

Fit's Tip: There may be a restriction where you get your medicine, or a rule about how many boxes you can buy. This can be really annoying if you have a family and need to buy different kinds (like day-time, night-time, kids, non-drowsy, drowsy). Bring someone along if you need to purchase different kinds of cold, cough, or allergy meds.

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DStirk DStirk 9 years
that is insane! meth totally freaks me out... after watching that oprah episode where she said that is highly addictive and a soccer mom drug, i seriously think everyone walking down the street is on meth. my husband constantly watching dog, the bounty hunter doesnt help either.
EcannDallas EcannDallas 9 years
i am from texas, and i got to talking to my pharmacist about the new procedure. he said it has done little to curb the problem here because most of the meth labs are supplied by those crackpot pharmacies in Mexico where you can get as much of the stuff you want if the price is right. sigh, so now us regular folks are just stuck with more red tape.
purplesugar purplesugar 9 years
They've already been doing this for quite a while in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa...guess they make a lot of meth around here. According to the last reports I heard, it has made an impact in decreasing the number of meth labs, so I think it is a good thing.
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 9 years
god....kids will do anything to get high these days
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Yep. It is very annoying, but besides the issue of meth prompting this new legislation is the fact that numerous teens are using Robitussin and other brands to 'robohop.' Its just another way to abuse OTC drugs and get high. This bill to put certain meds behind the counter passed a little over six months ago, but most of us probably didnt notice because it wasnt cold and flu season!
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
It sucks, but that's what they have to do. It's a horrible epidemic. Meth steals people's souls. It ruins families. It orphans kids. If I have to sign something to buy some meds now to stop this from being made in my neighborhood, then it's the least I can do.
Beaner Beaner 9 years
This totally happened to me. But they didn't tell me why. Geez - what's this world coming to?
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