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Ah... symptomatic relief!

13 June 2018

Look... I'm back!

Yesterday I felt like crap. Runny nose, headache, coughing fits -- you name it, I was "enjoying" its effects.

Life's no fun when you're being kicked around by some tiny rhinovirus and so I decided to take the advice of a reader and find myself some pseudoephedrine.

A quick trip down to the local gang P-house and a request for "some precursor please" did the trick -- albeit at a fiercely high price. Hell, I could have bought some meth-amphetamine itself for half the price. I think it was only the fact that I look a little like the Heisenberg character from Breaking Bad that they let me have any at all.

However, I headed home with a few grams of the precious white powder ticked firmly under my arm.

And last night, I took the PE, along with a couple of Panadol tablets and had a fantastic night's sleep.

No more waking up every 15 minutes to blow my nose and cough the gunk out of my lungs - I simply put my head down and then woke up several hours later -- still with a clear nose and breathing organs.

Woohoo... this PE is great stuff!

Even this morning, as the effects of the PE wear off, I'm still finding it much easier to operate (hence today's column).

Yes, my nose is running again, but nowhere near as bad as yesterday and since my sinuses haven't been running into my lungs overnight, my cough is all-but-gone.

Now this bout of illness was nowhere near as bad as the last time I was laid low (which was obviously a real case of the flu), I remain in awe of the power of PE and Panadol to almost completely eliminate the effects of the common cold.

So boo and hiss to those who have made PE such a highly restricted substance.

Why is it that law-abiding folk are forced to endure the nasty symptoms of a cold and flu, whilst those who bake P are clearly having no problems getting their hands on as much as they want?

If you stop and think about this... our entire regulatory framework is built on the concept of "acceptable risk" so perhaps the PE situation should be reviewed.

We allow people to drive motorcycles, cars and trucks on public roads -- even though we know that hundreds of often-innocent folk will die every year as a result. We accept that the risk of death is more than offset by the benefits that such vehicles represent.

So is it perhaps time to review the situation with PE? Might it be that the benefits of PE are sufficiently high as to outweigh the negative aspects of its misuse in illegal drug production -- especially in light of the fact that crims and gangs are getting ahold of the stuff anyway?

What have I learned from this experience?

Next time you're at the doctor (or your local P-house), get a pre-emptive prescription for some PE so that you have it onhand when you need it. It can turn you from a snotty mess into a fully functional individual when taken appropriately.

And, to the lawmakers, please look at how other (more advanced) nations are dealing with the issue of drug abuse. It seems that all the countries which have moved strongly to decriminalise drug use have had exceptionally good results, with reduced rates of crime and a lower overall cost to society. These lawmakers need to stop and ask themselves why they are still living in the 20th century -- when a whole lot of other stuff (such as homosexuality) was also illegal.

It is inevitably that we *will* decriminalise drug use (as we have done with homosexuality) so why not do it now?

Another reason I make this plea is because apparently, MJ is an excellent symptomatic treatment for Parkinson's but until it's legal, I won't be trying it.

Oh... and for those wondering, no I didn't get my PE from the local P-house ;-)

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