Sucks to be 16 and have a cold in Minnesota

Tonight I went to buy cold medicine and I got carded. I don’t even get carded when I go to bars half of the time. Does that mean it’s easier for me to buy booze than NyQuil now? Since I found this absurd, I decided to do some research and refresh my memory.

As you probably already knew, these restrictions are part of anti-meth legislation in Minnesota. I guess I can appreciate that. But how does restricting the sale of cold medicine to only those 18 and older contribute to the decline in meth labs in Minnesota? I can see restricting the amount of cold medicine sold, but the age? Were most of these meth lab scientists under 18 years of age? This makes no sense to me. This means a high school senior has to ask Mom or Dad to buy Sudafed for them. That’s pretty silly. Your thoughts?

5 Comments so far

  1. kevinfromminneapolis on April 1st, 2009 @ 7:10 am

    It does restrict the amount you can buy.


  2. Liz (lizgiel) on April 1st, 2009 @ 8:31 am

    I know, and that makes sense to me. It’s the age restriction that doesn’t.


  3. kcmpls on April 1st, 2009 @ 9:28 am

    Two words: Robo Tripping.

    Kids get high off cold medicine. Kids also cannot buy glue or spray paint. Not a big deal.


  4. Brianne (brianne) on April 1st, 2009 @ 10:48 am

    I remember trying to buy rubber cement for an art project when I was in high school and couldn’t because I was only 15. My mom ended up having to buy it for me. Anyway, maybe by checking ID they can track sales to a particular person across multiple drug store locations if the need arises?


  5. Liz (lizgiel) on April 1st, 2009 @ 12:17 pm

    Re: "Kids get high off cold medicine. " Kids get high from lots of things. You’re right though, it’s really not that big of a deal. Just one more ridiculous piece of legislation.

    Brianne- interesting point re: tracking sales. And the situation you mentioned is exactly why I think it’s stupid. You needed something for a legitimate reason and you couldn’t get it, and then had to have someone else go and get it for you. Like kcmpls said, it’s not that big of a deal, but it is a pain in the ass when it happens.

    Thanks for the comments ya’ll.



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