The drug war is worse than I thought:

The shortages [of Ritalin and Adderal in pharmacies] are a result of a troubled partnership between drug manufacturers and the Drug Enforcement Administration, with companies trying to maximize their profits and drug enforcement agents trying to minimize abuse by people, many of them college students, who use the medications to get high or to stay up all night.

. . .

While the Food and Drug Administration monitors the safety and supply of the drugs, which are sold both as generics and under brand names like Ritalin and Adderall, the Drug Enforcement Administration sets manufacturing quotas that are designed to control supplies and thwart abuse. Every year, the D.E.A. accepts applications from manufacturers to make the drugs, analyzes how much was sold the previous year and then allots portions of the expected demand to various companies.

(Emphasis mine.)

So if the use of no-knock raids (which criminals are starting to take advantage of) wasn’t enough, now we’ve gone to central planning to fight this drug war. Wow.

Still chuckling at calling the arrangement a “partnership.”

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