You wouldn't necessarily think of a nasal decongestant as being the source of a drug problem, but pseudos are proof positive that if someone wants a buzz bad enough, they'll find some way to achieve it. But before we get into how pseudos are abused, let's back up a bit and look at what they are. Pseudoephedrine is one of the most widely used drugs in the world today. The number of medications that lean on it is long and reads like a who's who of cold and flu medications...
Pseudos work by constricting the blood vessels of the nasal cavity thereby relieving the pressure that comes with the cold or flu and allowing you to breathe more or less freely. How could something like that be a contributor to the nation’s drug problem? Let’s find out.
By the early 1970s amphetamines had become a common street drug used by college students cramming for exams and distributed by a loose network of truck drivers and motorcycle gangs. In 1980, however, the federal government established controls on a compound called phenyl-2 propanone, which was an essential ingredient in the manufacturing of illicit amphetamines.
As a result, the good chefs who worked for the biker gangs had to put on their thinking caps.
What they discovered was that every day OTC cold remedies containing ephedrine could be quickly reduced to methamphetamine - known these days as "crystal meth," "meth" or just "crystal." Not only that, but this crystal meth was typically twice as potent as the amphetamines they had been selling. The biker gangs soon cut a deal with Mexican drug banditos to supply them with ephedrine, and the business took off. When others realized how easy it was to create meth from pseudos home labs began popping up left and right using both OTC cold medicines and things like acetone and battery acid as ingredients.
Now that we have some idea why the government and law enforcement seem so fixated on making formerly over the counter medicines like Sudafed difficult to get, the next logical question is "Who has to worry about testing positive for pseudos?" If the company you work for typically employs a standard 5-panel drug test, it won't be looking specifically for pseudos. That's the good news. The bad news is that pseudos have a nasty habit of ringing up false positives for amphetamines, which could put you in a very tight spot. Add to that concerns companies have about the addictive qualities of pseudoephedrine itself and admitting your false positive was caused by pseudos may not be the wisest move.
If there’s one group of people that need to be truly concerned about testing positive for pseudos, it’s athletes. Both the NCAA and the IOC banned the use of pseudoephedrine years ago out of concern athletes were using them not to clear their sinuses but to get a boost before a big race. Today random drug testing conducted by most major sporting leagues and sporting events looks for pseudos as a matter of course. So testing positive can very well mean the end of a promising career.
In most cases when pseudos are used in a normal fashion the drug will clear your system in 3 or 4 days. Those who abuse pseudos for whatever purpose can expect that elimination time to increase significantly, to perhaps a week or 10 days. If you’re facing a drug test at work or as part of a big athletic event, you’re going to have to make sure you either tell your employer (non-athletes only obviously) stop in plenty of time or find some way to circumvent the pending drug test.
Unfortunately, there are those out there who try to profit from the desperation of others. Plenty of them are engaged in the business of selling products that will allegedly "flush" ephedrine or pseudoephedrine from your system in as little as a day. Don't buy it. If you spend a bit of time researching ways to flush your system you'll find lots of people swearing they did it using sweat from tree frogs or eye of newt or some damn thing. What you'll also notice is that none of these people are scientist or doctors. Because people who understand how the body works know that there's no such thing as flushing your system.
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