The state is congratulating itself on its new pseudoephedrine tracking system that took effect this year. Why, it was working even before it began! And the measure of its effectiveness is that people have been prevented from purchasing pseudoephedrine products.
It goes without question that all those turned away were planning to use the stuff, often used to alleviate cold and allergies in a state known for its many allergy seasons, in their meth labs. So in just the law's first 11 days, 1,600 meth-heads were cured, because if they can't buy pseudoephedrine at the local grocery store, then they can't make meth. Or so the assumption goes.
Laws waging a proxy war against the meth trade haven't worked. All they have done instead is
Put cold and allergy sufferers under criminal suspicion
Make it much more difficult for them to alleviate their symptoms
Further enrich Mexican narcotics labs
Push meth users into new and ever more dangerous manners of producing meth