The modern perils of an inner-ear infection

I’ve been suffering from an awful inner ear infection for about 10 days now. This is the fourth such in the last 6 months.

“Oh, it’s not that bad,” said the doctor. “Your eardrum is not red or swollen, so just take some decongestants and come back if it gets worse.”

Right, okay! Slight problem with that, I discovered.

Apparently, sudafed (pseudoephedrine) can be used to make crystal meth. Not, is used note, just can be used.

Now, I’m not a drug baron but somehow I can’t quite imagine them popping hundreds of pills out of tens of little blister packs and then grinding them in a pestle and mortar to extract the ingredient they need. Doesn’t really seem very efficient some how.

But because of this, I can only buy one pack of sudafed at a time. And unlike the lucky Americans who can at least get a pack of 24, no, here the largest pack is 12. Yes 12! That’s a whole three day’s worth.

Seriously, governments. Has the availability of crystal meth decreased since you instigated this ridiculous rule? As I couldn’t find any figures I suspect not!