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#293269 - 08/15/08 09:15 AM Diver Drug of Choice  
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Bruce Virgo & Lennox Bowman Charged for Pseudo-Ephedrine Tablets.
an article in the news today.
"Pseudo-ephedrine its the active ingredient in Sudafed cough medicine"
I better stock up its a great drug for opening up your sinus passages so divers can clear their eustation tubes to go under pressure.

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#293272 - 08/15/08 09:30 AM Re: Diver Drug of Choice [Re: elbert]  
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I used to think Meth was an old Biker Drug, but apparently its made a come back in the States with the upper-middle class.

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#293273 - 08/15/08 09:33 AM Re: Diver Drug of Choice [Re: elbert]  
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and the rural teenagers.....since it smells so bad to manufacture, and farm fertilizer is used in the production of it, lots of meth labs turning up all over the midwest and the bible belt out in the country....thus producing meth addicts in small towns all over.........dangerous drug.

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#293276 - 08/15/08 09:43 AM Re: Diver Drug of Choice [Re: shuffles]  
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I tried to get Sudafed for a sinus congestion in the USA last year. They required a drivers license to prove my age and ID. Unfortunately it was not a USA drivers license and it wouldn't work. It was somewhat weird having to ask my mother to buy my drugs for me. Sudafed and other medicines containing pseudoephedrine are now strictly controlled in many countries. I've seen the effects of the meths in rural Georgia (USA) and must say that it seems a pretty effective means of turning relatively normal people into scumbags.
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#293284 - 08/15/08 10:09 AM Re: Diver Drug of Choice [Re: collyk]  
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I really do use Sudafed for diving and its getting hard to get and when I do find it its a dollar a tablet.
Drug abuse is where you find it.

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#293290 - 08/15/08 10:20 AM Re: Diver Drug of Choice [Re: elbert]  
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Do the PE tablets not work the same as Sudafed? They are Phenylephrine HCL, which is supposed to be close in composition to the Sudafed but not able to be used to produce meth. They are readily available over the counter (on the shelf) in the US and do not require the documentation that Sudafed requires now.

#293297 - 08/15/08 10:53 AM Re: Diver Drug of Choice [Re: cakelee]  
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They both seem to work the same for me when diving.

Sudafed PE is different from Sudafed. Sudafed contains the active ingredient Pseudoephedrine, while the active ingredient in Sudafed PE is Phenylephrine.
Pseudoephedrine is the "controlled substance"
So in the US you can buy Sudafed PE but you have to supply ID when you buy regular Sudafed.

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#293299 - 08/15/08 11:01 AM Re: Diver Drug of Choice [Re: swanno]  
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Nazis invented meth. Crank was and still is widely distributed by bikers. We all should pray this scourge never enters Belize's drug subcultures.

#293301 - 08/15/08 11:17 AM Re: Diver Drug of Choice [Re: AdvantageRealty]  
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Google stuff
Methamphetamine (aka meth) was first synthesized in Japan in 1893 by Nagayoshi Nagai. In 1919, crystallized methamphetamine (aka crystal meth) was synthesized by Akira Ogata. A related chamical, amphetamine, was first synthesized in Germany in 1887 by Lazăr Edeleanu.

As to the Nazis, they indeed used methamphetamine during World War II under the trade name Pervitin to enhance troops' (especially commandos', pilots', and tank crews') resistance to fatigue. In addition to pills, meth was also added to chocolates, which were popularly known as Fliegerschokolade ("flyer's chocolate") or Panzerschokolade ("tanker's chocolate").

Adolf Hitler received daily intravenous injections of methamphetamine since 1942 to help him overcome depression and fatigue. Some say that injections were to treat Hitler's Parkinson's disease, others, that his Parkinson's-like symptoms were in fact caused by abuse of methamphetamine.

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#293314 - 08/15/08 12:08 PM Re: Diver Drug of Choice [Re: elbert]  
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I learn something new every day here.

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