Government database for cold remedies nearer

Plans to spy on Georgia consumers who purchase cold remedies containing pseudoephedrine and prescription drugs, are closer to becoming a reality. Legislation is expected to be filed shortly to set up a searchable database accessible to law enforcement agencies throughout the state. 

Rep. Tom Weldon of Ringgold who plans on filing the legislation in the Georgia House of Representatives, recently complained to a Dalton newspapers that, “[w]e don’t have a searchable database that sheriffs and law enforcement can go in and see who has been buying meth products and who has been buying an excessive amount of pills.” 

Weldon claims the legislature will be mindful of the privacy of law-abiding citizens, though he offers no details as to how this will be accomplished. Compiling a large database that essentially treats all users of prescription drugs and cold remedies as if they were criminals, is itself not a project respectful of the privacy of law-abiding citizens. Furthermore, it cannot be overlooked that the proposed database will be in the hands of government – an entity not known for winning gold stars when it comes to respecting the privacy of citizens. The fact that Georgia will stand to receive federal taxpayer dollars if it in fact institutes the database the federal government desires, makes it even more suspect. 

Despite the push for this privacy-infringing tracking system, a recent report by the Associated Press notes similar databases in other states have accomplished little in solving the meth problem; illicit producers of meth simply find ever-more creative ways to circumvent the laws. The report also points out that “meth-related activity is on the rise again nationally, up 34 percent in 2009.” 

On this unsurprising news, Radley Balko, senior editor of Reason magazine, writes, “… the new laws are inconveniencing law-abiding people who want to treat cold and allergy symptoms, have had either zero or a positive effect on meth use, have lured new people into the meth trade, and have created a bigger market for smuggling meth and meth ingredients into the country from Mexico.” 

The laws are not a deterrence for prospective drug users or traffickers. They are an inconvenience to law-abiding citizens who simply want to go to a drug store or supermarket, pick-up medication that will help them deal with their illness, and not be hassled by nanny-statists clamoring for federal dollars and searching for more creative ways to database individual behavior.

- by Bob Barr, The Barr Code

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sean smith

January 28th, 2011
6:15 am

Ah the daily dose of paranoia from Mr. Barr.


January 28th, 2011
6:56 am

As Bob notes, Liberalism is alive and well in the State of Georgia.


January 28th, 2011
7:18 am

Convincing as usual, Mr. Barr. Thank you. I keep wondering what will be tracked next?


January 28th, 2011
7:36 am

Another unintended consequence.

Make the natural cocoa leaf harder and more expensive to get through the “war on drugs”,

and have more dummies turn to more lethal chemicals….Good job.

It would seem that our rulers would allow the working man a LITTLE amount of stimulant, in that he is having to work harder, longer, and paying more and more taxes to support the lawyers, judges,police, and the prisons that comprise the Drug/ Industrial/ Prison complex.


January 28th, 2011
7:44 am

Bob Barr is…..r-r-r-WRONG! He’s a sniveling, hacking stuffy head who needs to give it a rest (about the medicine). Meth Labs explode. Next door to you. The cold remedies are what goes boom. We need taxpayer funded sneeze-guards, (as it were).

Bob Barr’s huffing and puffing about what could blow our houses down is evidence that his wolf-crying is reaching a fever pitch. Fever? I think he has a cold. Take his temp.

Bob Barr: “My, what a big thermometer you have, my dear.”

Me: “The better to take your temperature with. Roll over and it’s okay, this is Obamacare and justice that goes with it”.



January 28th, 2011
7:51 am

Dang guvmint gettin in our bizness agin. we kin make meth better en them mexikins


January 28th, 2011
8:14 am

Just put the chip in the right hand .


January 28th, 2011
8:48 am

There are a great many things our Govenment can do and it seems, too often, they pick the things that are least needed while ignoring the things that are most needed.

Democrats falling down down down

January 28th, 2011
8:55 am

The federal government is going broke so none of this really matters.


January 28th, 2011
9:24 am

We have the same problem in Indiana. My mother tried to pick up two different cold medicines for my dad and me but was stopped. There have to be much more effective ways to track the production of meth than making it nearly impossible for two people in a household to have a cold in the same week.


January 28th, 2011
9:32 am

Transparency in government is the key to democracy. If Tom Weldon wants legislation making it possible to have a drug data base for Pseudoephedrine, then make it all public knowledge, put out a list everyday of who buys it. It is soooooo simple, bring government out in the open, let government operate openly and then all the citizens will be privy to what is going on. Open, transparent government.

Communist AJC

January 28th, 2011
9:37 am

“There are a great many things our Govenment can do ”

Like what?


January 28th, 2011
10:06 am

You can’t have open, transparent government without letting the terrorists win, moron. There is a war on terror, stooge.

Start blogging like it.


Ragnar Danneskjöld

January 28th, 2011
10:18 am

Had a friend last week who gave me a memorable line, no matter how dumb white folks believe inner city denizens may be, no ghetto black would smoke something made with bleach and battery acid.


January 28th, 2011
10:35 am

Sure Bob – nanny state, nanny state, blah blah blah….. tired rhetoric – where are the real solutions? obviously meth is a devastating problem that is disproportionately impacting a populace that the grand poobah elected officials care little about (except at flag-waving election time).

So what is your solution? Pointing fingers at problems and people is getting old. If you don’t want to make it more difficult for people to get the necessary ingredients to make small batches of meth, what do you propose? exactly? besides criminalizing the addicts, I mean. we all know how that turns out.

So the database approach doesn’t work – you throwing in the towel on a serious problem because it offends your rather narrowly focused sense of personal freedom and liberty?

How about we make pseudofed perscription-only? What is wrong with making drugs we later discover to be more dangerous in whatever way than initially presumed (by the oh-so-fair-and-uncorrupted regulatory vetting process) to be prescription-only? Why is that such an infringement on our liberties? Do you have no sense of degree when it comes to these problems? or is everything to be criticized as a “big government nanny state-caused problem” and then solved by “less regulation”. Is that all you’ve got?

How about offering some solutions instead of just finger pointing to score political points? Of course, there is always the legalization argument. I’d say that we could safely go there because it’s not an election year, but alas – in the New Republican World Order, it’s ALWAYS election season because all time, resources, and effort must now and always be focused on beating the other guy and the next election cycle – not on actually doing anything.

You are either part of the solution, Bob, or you are just another part of the problem. Which is it?


January 28th, 2011
1:15 pm

As a Democrat, I rarely have agreed with anything you say, but you are 100 percent right on this one.


January 28th, 2011
2:47 pm

LOL Rags. What do you suppose they make crack out of?

Methhead Man

January 28th, 2011
3:00 pm

Crack is made from baking soda, water and cocaine — that’s why it’s so cheap. Duh!!


January 28th, 2011
3:05 pm

It is clear that the “war on drugs” is a serious financial drain on our society. Decriminalizing marijuana would be a good start at weakening the underground profit and collateral damage caused by illegal trafficking in this plant, let alone the lost tax revenue. In spite of Bob’s protestations of “nannystateism”, there has to be an alternative to big Brother having access to our confidential medical records to curb the meth problem. Bob…next time you cry Nanny State, why don’t you do so while offering an alternative rather than just whining like an old hen.

Prison Planeteer

January 28th, 2011
4:00 pm

@Methhead–Baking soda is the next on the list of “suspicious purchases,” possibly to be monitored. My sister buys it in huge bags, to mix in with the kitty litter, so she’ll be on a gov’t watch-list eventually. Frankly, those over-the-counter remedies don’t work anyway, but they’re a great excuse to expand the growing Police State. We’ll have to show ID to buy chewing gum in a few years, because it’s so bad for our teeth.

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January 28th, 2011
8:43 pm

Let me ask a quick question? Why do you think more people are doing drugs? Maybe this society sucks? A far cry from the 70,s brother.Go Tea Party.


January 29th, 2011
8:44 am

More people aren’t doing drugs, you idiot, it’s just that more people are using their hands when they talk, and it only appears like they’re on drugs to the casual observer.

Everybody knows that.

Mpppfh! (insert histrionic emoticon here)


January 29th, 2011
9:12 am

Actually, nevermind everyone. I’m just a british douchebag who has nothing better to do than call names and make terrible points that I think are as genious as I am. You see, I think I am smarter than everyone on here, as it were. The only problem is that I am quite insecure in myself so I call names and try too hard to be clever.

Don’t blame me, I’m just an educated liberal with all the answers.


January 29th, 2011
9:38 am

I agree with those above who call for more open government and that would include the Red state of GA. How about the GA legislature opening up the income/sales tax negotiations or would that expose the thieves for who they really are. Anyone in the state of GA making less than a half million/yr will be screwed by the time this legislation is finished.

Al Gore/Kilgore

January 29th, 2011
11:05 am

Kilgore at 9:12 is a Bookman troll, who jacked the Kilgore ID.

I know, so what. Bookman sends his trolls here, you know. He coddles them into it.

Al Gore/Kilgore

January 29th, 2011
11:06 am

Old man Robert Cox

January 29th, 2011
3:19 pm


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