According to Tulsa’s Fox 23, the drug world is doing a different kind of recruiting these days. Pseudoephedrine, one ingredient used to make meth, has been moved behind pharmacy counters to prevent those with a meth record from purchasing it.
Cue the “smurfs.” No, not the little blue cartoons: the people who are paid up to 10 times the purchase price to get the goods.
Every pseudoephedrine purchase shows up in the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs database, according to a Fox 23 news report. Think that’s excessive? Given that more than 383 meth labs have been busted this year by Tulsa Police, it might be just what the doctor ordered.
So, what is pseudoephedrine?
If you’re pollen- or danderintolerant, then you know it’s for a bit of nasal decongestion. It’s now that much more uncomfortable, while in your allergen-induced cloud, to acquire the meds you need. Thanks a lot, meth heads. This is why we can’t have nice things.
If you’re an allergy sufferer who purchases the nasal decongestant once in a while, you’ll be fine. If you’re a “smurf,” you might want to rethink the extra income before you face time in prison or all your teeth fall out.