Restricting Sale of Cold Medicine has actually increased the meth problem in the US.
The tracking system laws that make it inconvenient to buy cold medicine have not slowed down the meth trade one bit. In fact, they’ve created a new “sub-criminal culture,” says an agent with the DEA.
Radley Balko of Reason says: “Meth use was also up 34 percent in 2009. So the new laws are inconveniencing law-abiding people who want to treat cold and allergy symptoms, have had either zero or a positive effect on meth use, have lured new people into the meth trade, and have created a bigger market for smuggling meth and meth ingredients into the country from Mexico.”
This is a big win for law enforcement and the prison industry. Look for even more restrictive cold medicine laws in the future.