While the Journal of Irreproducible Results might have been a more widely read venue for this offering from Miskatonic University’s well known Theoretical Experimentalist Dr. Hakkenshit, the Journal of Apocryphal Chemistry suits it as well.
As a PhD Chemist, I applaud the simplicity of the re-synthesis of the starting material used to produce the street drug crank, ice, crystal meth, or whatever it is called before the next season of Breaking Bad. As a fan of Lovelace, I applaud the University chosen by the good souls who produced this document. As a published researcher with over a dozen articles to my name, I will now try getting published in the Apocryphal Results myself. Goodness knows I’ve had one or two that could be written up!
If you read the article, you’ll see that the description of the process is heavily laced with sarcasm about Sudafed being controlled.
The pharmacies require signatures and examination of government issued ID in order to purchase pseudoephedrine. Because the hours of availability of such pharmacies are often limited, it would be of great interest to have a simple synthesis of pseudoephedrine from reagents which can be more readily procured.
A quick search of several neighborhoods of the United
States revealed that while pseudoephedrine is difficult to obtain, N-methylamphetamine can be procured at almost any time on short notice and in quantities sufficient for synthesis of useful amounts of the desired material. Moreover, according to government maintained statistics, Nmethylmphetamine
is becoming an increasingly attractive starting material for pseudoephedrine, as the availability of Nmethylmphetamine has remained high while prices have
dropped and purity has increased .
Mike, the article is tongue in cheek. Obviously it would be easier to jump through the hoops to get the medicine than to deal with meth dealers to make your medicine and face prison.
The point is that we’re treating law abiding people who just want some medicine… really useful medicine… like they are bad guys. and as often is the case, this impacts the good guys a lot more than the bad guys.
To bad, the supply of is pseudoephedrine at the pharmacy is non-existent. I know a couple allergy sufferers up Uncle’s way who’d pay a premium for some whether it came from the pharmacy or recycled meth. The cedar trees are drooping they are so heavy with pollen already.
Are you out of your mother-loving mind? Cops might look the other way for meth and it’s usually only a 5 year state charge for selling meth. Sudafed is federal and the federal stackable man-mins will beat that nickle easily. Advice for drug dealers: stay away from the Sudafed and stick with soft drugs the aren’t as heavily regulated, like heroin & meth.