And the products which replaced it are useless. I notice the party of small government has yet to get the government out if that part of our lives. The whole behind the counter/mandatory ID thing is one of the most intrusive, idiotic things in the history of this country and a testament to the social, economic, and freedom disaster that is the war on drugs. End it.
As to this situation, how about we, you know, stop locking people up for wanting to briefly escape the miserable reality we force on too many and start offering proper treatment (including proper pain treatment where applicable) to those who need it? Addiction is no joke, but the crimes that go with it are largely the government's creation. They empower these drug dealers the same way they empowered gangs during prohibition. In a way they deserve each other, but we all end up paying for it.
aye the replacement (mainly phenyl eph) MAY work but not in the dosages that have been tested as safe. I tend to just buy ephedrine these days (in POM OTC asthma drugs in UK like chesteze) because I can just flash an inhaler if I get 20 questions where as blocked sinuses etc didn't seem to stop the 20 question BS here when buying pseudo in UK. Despite no ID needed etc not very intelligent pharmacy staff tend to get a little ott like you're asking to buy Methedrine pills ffs.
Funny thing is hardly any meth would be made from the pills since the price is extortionate and when you consider amount needed, yields (chemistry wise I mean) and all the waste in decanting/filtering etc it would be hundreds of times more expensive before any markup. Most street meth across the globe is either diverted legit supplies or illicit made by crew from bulk precursors (various amphetamines and phenethylamines) bought it MASSIVE amounts. The kind of amounts that get LE knocking or rival crews coming to tax or hurt you because the amount wont go unnoticed. Only time homebrew is worth it is during droughts, similar to the desomorphine homebrew in Australia and later Russia (when it got krokodil name) because users couldn't get heroin. Russian thing is probably due to cost rather than true drought as a lot of global heroin moves that way from Afghanistan green zone.