Louisiana seeks to curb methamphetamine abuse with new legislation
NEW YORK California and Missouri legislatures may want to take a page out of Louisiana’s playbook in the pursuit of curbing illicit methamphetamine production. Because here, everyone wins (unless, of course, you’re a meth addict).
First, the most important objective of any pseudoephedrine legislation is it curb the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine. In 2005, the federal Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act attempted to do that by posing restrictions in the sale of PSE products by limiting the amount of PSE that can be legally purchased in a given time frame. And in an attempt to track and enforce those quantity restrictions, pharmacies were required to log any PSE purchases.
But drug addicts are a resourceful-even-if-misguided bunch, and invented the practice of “smurfing,” where meth addicts in search of the key PSE ingredient bought their legal limits in PSE products at one pharmacy, and then walked across the street to buy their legal limit at the next pharmacy.
Now, at least in Louisiana, meth addicts will soon be caught in real time violating those purchase restrictions.
This is good for two reasons. For starters, it does not inhibit the purchase of PSE for its legitimate and intended purpose — as a decongestant for a person suffering from a cold. All the more important these days, especially for hourly-wage cold-sufferers who can’t afford to miss a day’s pay on account of the sniffles. And the sledge-hammer-for-the-nail approach of re-writing prescription laws so that consumers would not only have to schedule a doctor’s visit for the common cold to get PSE defeats that purpose.
Second, it actually curbs the production of meth, which was the whole intent behind Congress’ 2005 Act in the first place. It curbs that production by actually giving the law enforcement the opportunity to lift those law-breakers off the street, which in the long run will have a greater impact on inhibiting illegal meth manufacture than will making PSE prescription drugs.
Legislating PSE products to prescription-only status also inhibits meth production, but only in the short term, or at least until meth addicts by way of necessity come up with the next “smurfing” tactic.
Study: Most diabetics fall short on healthy eating
NEW YORK The complications that can result from unhealthy eating among middle-aged and elderly Americans with Type 2 diabetes have consequences for the whole healthcare system, but it’s not just diabetes, which already costs the U.S. healthcare system $116 billion. Unhealthy eating habits contribute to and exacerbate obesity, hypertension and kidney disease, diseases that often have causal relationships to one another. Obesity and diabetes already cost the healthcare system $147 billion and $116 billion, respectively.
A recent study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that 85% of middle-aged and elderly Americans with Type 2 diabetes ate too much saturated fat, while 92% ate too much sodium, while less than half get the minimum amount of fruits, vegetables, dairy and grains. This increases their already high risk of hypertension, kidney disease and heart disease.
Encouraging healthy eating could do a lot to reduce the costs of healthcare in America and allow a greater focus on unpreventable disease states rather than having $263 billion go toward treating preventable ones.
Pharmavite launches new company, supplement program
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. Pharmavite, the manufacturer and marketer of Nature Made vitamins, minerals, herbs and other supplements and SOYJOY snack bars, announced the establishment of its Internet-based, direct-to-consumer sales and marketing company.
Pharmavite Direct, the Internet-based subsidiary of the company, launched the Nature Made vitaminID program last week. The supplement program provides a customized daily vitamin plan tailored to fit individuals’ unique nutritional needs. Based on information provided by the user, the program can deliver up to 100,000 different recommended vitamin combinations.
“The Nature Made vitaminID program was created in direct response to consumers’ desire for individualized approaches to their general health and wellness routines,” said Gary Kuchta, president, Pharmavite Direct.
Consumers can order their own vitaminID kits containing supplements from Nature Made, by visiting www.vitaminID.com and taking a confidential health survey created by a nutritionist. Upon completion, consumers will receive a customized daily vitamin plan. Consumers may then order a convenient 28-day supply of the vitamins, minerals, and other supplements recommended, which will be sent directly to their homes. For additional ease, users may participate in an autoship program, which automatically reorders a user’s vitaminID kit every 28 days. To further customize their order, consumers can select their preferred style of packaging from three styles offered. Consumers also have the capability to chat online with a dietitian should they have any questions about the program while on the Web site. A regular newsletter packed with nutrition information and self-help tools is available to all registered members of www.vitaminID.com.