Pubdate: Thu, 31 Mar 2005
Source: Huntsville Times (AL)
Copyright: 2005 The Huntsville Times
Author: William H. Thomas


The city of Oakman has filed a lawsuit to ban the sale of Sudafed and
other over-the-counter medication in Alabama to help curb its crystal
meth problem, according to an Associated Press story published in The
Times on March 25, page B3.

Talk about throwing out the baby with the bath water.

Perhaps the good folks in Oakman should sue to also make acetone,
matchbooks and road flares illegal in the state as well, as they too
can be used to cook crystal meth.

Better yet, let's also ban gasoline, model glue, NyQuil and any other
possible useful household item that junkies can abuse to get high on.

The answer to Oakman's drug problem does not lie in a blanket ban of
items that have legitimate legal uses, but rather in the continued
crackdown of meth labs and the swift prosecution of offenders.

It's beyond naive to think that crystal meth addicts won't simply
follow the rest of us law-abiding citizens to neighboring states to
get their pills.

It's easy to see how Mayor Richard "Bull" Corry got his name because
with this ridiculous lawsuit, he has clearly shown the rest of us in
the state that he is full of it.

William H. Thomas

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