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  •  Even without looking at the meth itself, (7+ / 0-)

    it's like each wave of 'now you'll stop making it' restrictions on the required components makes the situation more dangerous.

    If they hadn't kept ramping up the Sudafed and other component restrictions to the point they have, one-bottle production might not have started.

    One-bottle means tracking component purchases will now start failing because it doesn't take more than casual everyday purchase amounts to produce the stuff. And now every single plastic bottle in the gutter - or in a city trashcan, I worry about the poor people around here who scavenge them for the recycle money - is a potential hazmat zone.

    And since people who haven't taken even high school chem are now making the stuff? Part of one-bottle is an exothermic reaction. We've got people showing up in ERs with severe burns because they didn't understand that two things at room temperature going into an enclosed space together can create enough heat to burn you before you can notice it's getting hot.

    If it had just stayed illegal but they had bothered doing something like tracking without the sort of low limits they've got now - so 'how many days worth has this person bought this quarter?' would flag the producers quietly but a family where EVERYONE needs a decongestant at the same time wouldn't run afoul of the law - they might not have gotten pushed to that particular process.

    And now you can't even pick up a piece of plastic bottle litter without worrying that stuff in it is not residual soft drink.

    Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

    by Cassandra Waites on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 07:29:46 PM PST

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