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    Filed at 7:01 am under by dcobranchi

    A Nebraska Sheriff in Nemaha County is asking local retail stores in his county to keep a list of people buying cold or allergy medicine from their stores in order to keep tabs on people who may be using them to manufacture methamphetamine. Under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations, a controlled substance cannot be purchased over the counter. It must be administered through a registered pharmacist — a way of tracking both the use and delivery of the drug. Over-the-counter drugs also fall under regulations administered by the FDA. Those drugs can be bought by walking up to a shelf, picking up a box and taking it to the check out. In some cases, the cashier might inquire about the age of the person, but placing a name on the list is usually not part of the routine.

    Someone needs to rein him in.

    3 Responses to “WHAT PRIVACY?”

    Comment by
    August 1st, 2003
    at 5:57 pm

    The cashiers aren’t going to do this. Besides, if they did, the information would be worthless. For every person who’s buying this stuff to make methamphetamine, probably 10,000 are buying it because they have a runny nose. What in the world could the sheriff do with all those names?

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    August 1st, 2003
    at 8:46 pm

    Yeah. When I think of locales struggling with a serious drug problem, Nebraska doesn’t exactly jump to the top of the list.

    Comment by
    August 5th, 2003
    at 11:45 am

    and it’s not like someone who’s obtaining the stuff to make meth wouldn’t have a fake id or whatever.

    and it’s not like they wouldn’t steal the stuff instead.

    just another case of making the honest people feel like they’re criminals, just for a chance at catching a criminal who has probably figured out ways to evade detection.

    while I’m in favor of severely punishing those who run meth labs (and double punishment for those who have their three year olds roaming around the chemical apparatus and toxic waste that meth manufacture produces, or who blow up their innocent neighbors in the process of making the poison), I don’t think compiling a database of anyone who ever bought a box of “advil cold and sinus” will help in that effort.