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Invisibleveggie

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Target Stores taking cold meds off shelves
    #4070214 - 04/18/05 10:12 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Target to restrict sales of cold medicines
April 18, 2005
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Today a major retailer is changing the way it sells over the counter drugs in order to fight the war on drugs.

Target is moving common cold remedies behind the counter.

Typical cold remedies like Nyquil all have pseudoephedrine in them. Pseudoephedrine is used to make the very addictive, very dangerous, and very profitable drug known as meth.

Today, Target became the first retailer in the U.S. to announce that its customers will have to see a pharmacist to buy most cold remedies. All medecines containing pseudophedrine will be locked up

"It could be abused," said Jeff Palazzo, a pharmasist at Target. "It's a fairly big problem in the United States. It's found in things like Nyquil and Dayquil."

Almost every nasal decongestant on the market has pseudophedrine in it.

But Target says this is their way of preventing incicents like one in Alabama where a college student was arrested for making meth in his dorm room

"We know this could deter some of our guests and make them go to our competitors," said Rod Schmitt, manager of Target in Newington, "but we're proud to make a stand."

In the next 60 to 90 days, Target will move all of the over-the-counter medecines back to the pharmacy. Now customers will have to see a pharmacist to buy them.

"If there are long lines, that would be a problem for people having to wait for common cold medicine," said Sandi Golnick, a Newington Target shopper.

Target is also setting limits on how much people can buy. Now buyers can only purchase two boxes per person.

"This is a safety conscious society," said Vincent Morris, another Newington Target shopper. "I am sure there will be some grumbling at first but then people will just accept it."

State police told Eye Witness News that this is a small step in the right direction. However, people can still buy cold remedies over the counter at other retailers and meth can still be made with other household products that can be bought anywhere, including Target.

Target operates more than 1,300 stores in 47 states.

The change, affecting medicines like Sudafed and Actifed, will take effect in two to three months.

A number of states are already restricting cold medicine sales, or are considering it. Oklahoma officials say their law has helped reduce meth lab seizures by more than 80 percent. A Kansas law takes effect Wednesday.


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Invisibledblaney
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Re: Target Stores taking cold meds off shelves [Re: veggie]
    #4070285 - 04/18/05 10:37 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

The only thing this will do is make longer lines, unhappier customers, and more grumbling. If meth cooks want to make meth, they're going to make meth. In other words, as long as there's a demand, there will be a supply. The government has, since around Nixon's time (the real WOD  :sad:) dealt with the supply side of things, but if they want to make a difference they really need to work on demand. And they simply cannot do that with the current politics in America surrounding drugs.


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Re: Target Stores taking cold meds off shelves [Re: dblaney]
    #4071256 - 04/19/05 02:42 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

my local Target store doesn't even have a pharmacy... WTF? are they going to make one just for sudafed? heh. I can understand not letting people buy 20 boxes at once, but this is ridiculous.


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Re: Target Stores taking cold meds off shelves [Re: veggie]
    #4071683 - 04/19/05 09:12 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Now for a translation :laugh:

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veggie said:
"It could be abused," said Jeff Palazzo, a pharmasist at Target.  "It's a fairly big problem in the United States. It's found in things like Nyquil and Dayquil."





We know what is best for you. If you can abuse it you will. So we must do everything in our power to stop you.

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But Target says this is their way of preventing incicents like one in Alabama where a college student was arrested for making meth in his dorm room





We at Target feel we must be part of the law enforcement community. We would like some of the federal money as well.

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"We know this could deter some of our guests and make them go to our competitors," said  Rod Schmitt, manager of Target in Newington, "but we're proud to make a stand."





Yes, this will piss off our customers and we know it. We feel that it is our moral obligation to tell people what they can and can not do. Fuck the stock holders!

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Target is also setting limits on how much people can buy.  Now buyers can only purchase two boxes per person.





By setting limits, we can control our customers habits.

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"This is a safety conscious society," said Vincent Morris, another Newington Target shopper.  "I am sure there will be some grumbling at first but then people will just accept it."





Fuck you! We, the majority, know what is good for you. If you do not like it, you will accept it!


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State police told Eye Witness News that this is a small step in the right direction.  However, people can still buy cold remedies over the counter at other retailers and meth can still be made with other household products that can be bought anywhere, including Target.





We like it when retail stores help us with our jobs. We know it will not make a difference, but anything to further the war on drugs!

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A number of states are already restricting cold medicine sales, or are considering it. Oklahoma officials say their law has helped reduce meth lab seizures by more than 80 percent. A Kansas law takes effect Wednesday.




We have not seized as many meth labs so they must not be there.


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