Tuesday, November 28, 2006

7 Day Waiting Period for a 4 Day Cold

So, I am sick... yes, even superhero crime fighters get sick. I have been living the last couple of days off of Advil Cold & Sinus pills that I had left over from the last time I was sick. But this morning, still being in a drug induced stupor from the NyQuil I downed in mass quantities the night before, I forgot to take any of the Advil pills into work with me.

I figured that it would be no big deal. I would just pop into a CVS along the way to work and pick up some more and the day would go on as usual.

Unbeknownst to me, you can no longer just pop in to a CVS and buy the little buggers. Nooooooo!!! Now you have to go through a FBI background check to buy them.

I understand why. One of the ingredients in Advil Cold & Sinus is also used to make crystal meth. You have to take a little card from the shelf where the pills used to be, and take it back to the pharmacy where you have to wait in line behind all the little old ladies picking up their "water pills" and the middle age men picking up their little blue somethings that they cringe at when the clerk loudly exclaims, "Mr. Smith, your erectile dysfunction medication is now ready."

So, I finally get to the front of the line. I have to show ID, which they record. I have to sign my name. They then take a blood sample, urine sample, and run my fingerprints through IAFIS. I then have to recite a loyalty oath and tell me I can come back and pick up the Advil after a 7 day waiting period. I was waiting to the waterboarding to start.

Seriously, I think it is easier to buy a gun in North Carolina than to buy Advil Cold & Sinus in New York City.

3 comments:

patricia said...

Wow! I had no idea about that medication! As far as I know we don't have any problems getting Advil Cold&Sinus in Canada. In Toronto, anyway. I popped me one of those pills earlier today, since I too, am struggling with some damn cold/flu bug. Bought it over the counter, no problemo.

Hmmm...maybe I should start an illegal drug smuggling business to suppliment my income...

Anonymous said...

I live in Queens, NY and yesterday i went to purchase a pack of advil cold & sinus. Apparently the clerk behind the counter did make me sign a stupid log, but did not ask for ID or make me wait. go to queens for your sinus relief meds.

Anonymous said...

i was asked to show a driver's license or a state id to get the drug. no stupid log or waiting... but, i guess they might require you to wait (in order to do a background check) if you passed over the daily or monthly buying limit...