John Key finally listens to Mikey Havoc
Make cold pills prescription-only – Labour
Making cold pills that can be used by criminals to make drugs available only on prescription is a better than banning them, Labour leader Phil Goff says. Prime Minister John Key yesterday said he was seeking advice on whether pseudoephedrine could be eliminated from the manufacture of cold tablets. Pseudoephedrine is a main precursor for methamphetamine and can be distilled from cold tablets. Mr Goff said New Zealanders got benefit from cold pills containing the substance. "It seems a shame that ordinary New Zealanders who can get real cold relief through tablets using pseudoephedrine should be denied that opportunity completely, because of the role of gangs and the shop buyers of pseudoephedrine. "If you make it a prescription item then of course people cannot go right around the country simply buying up those tablets from pharmacies." Mr Goff said the prescription idea could be easier to implement than a ban.
Mr Havoc has been on John Key’s tail everytime they discuss P on bFM to not only focus on the illegal P pushers, but to also focus on the legal P pushers. The pharmaceutical industry who make a billion per year in NZ selling pseudoephedrine products is the easiest source ingerient for do it yourself number 8 wire cooks to make P, but John Key will find taking on the legal pushers far too difficult a war to start. The power of the pharmaceutical industry (which may or may not fund the National Party, seeing as only 15% of National’s doners are not anonymous) means that Key’s threats to ban the products are just hot air, he won’t dare piss them off to the point of banning their billion dollar empire, so Labour’s plan to make them prescription only seems much more workable.
Personally I’m skeptical of all this war on P stuff, booze is by billions of dollars more a much deadlier drug and where our resources should be turned. The way to tackle P is to regulate the core ingredient (pseudoephedrine products) and to financially scrutinize with forensic accountants the structures organized gangs use to ship pseudoephedrine in and out of the country, making it more of a customs issue than policing issue. I don’t believe lowering the evidential threshold to seize assets or to redefine who a gang member is a positive step at all, I believe those are advances in police powers which repeal civil liberties by a level well beyond the danger of da gangs.