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I want my NyQuil!

October 8, 2010 - Jodelle Greiner
Back when I was in high school, I got a killer cold. One night I was so worn out, miserable and stuffed up, I couldn’t sleep. My dad had just gotten over a cold, so I went downstairs and got his bottle of Vicks NyQuil, took a dose and was out for the next eight hours. I felt so-o-o-o much better the next morning.

I’ve had a cold this week and wish I could have downed some NyQuil to get that good solid night’s rest, but years ago, some dumbie figured out how to use pseudoephedrine to make the illegal street drug known as “meth” and in 2006, the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act was passed, which meant that “in the United States all pseudoephedrine-containing medications must be kept behind a pharmacy counter and all purchases must be logged,” according to Wikipedia.

The result was a lot of drug companies reformulated their products so they could be sold off the shelf, but this meant the medicines didn’t work like they had before, including NyQuil, which meant there’s a lot of miserable people who miss their original “night-time sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever, so you can rest medicine”, including me.

I think anyone caught making or selling meth should get an automatic, minimum 10-year prison sentence and have to serve every single day, just for all the pain, misery, fatigue and inability to breathe that they have caused all of us cold sufferers.

(P.S. In cruising the Internet, I read some entries that indicate Vicks has come back out with the original NyQuil, marketed as NyQuil-D. If you get a cold, ask your pharmacist about this and see if it’s true and if it’s available.)


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