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Old 11-07-2009, 07:10 PM   #1
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Question You Have To Be 18 To Buy Tylenol?

I was at the grocery store today. At the checkout I had Tylenol. The guy said I had to be 18. I told him I was over 18. I told him I was 31. He said I "didn't look 18." I showed him my id that proved my date of birth. I have never been questioned before when I bought Tylenol.
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Certain ingredients found in Tylenol, Advil and other OTC meds are also primary ingredients for making crystal meth. Most drugstore chains and grocery stores are now asking for I.D. to purchase these items. My local CVS now keeps Advil & Tylenol behind the pharmacy counter and you have to show your I.D. to obtain them.
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The office supplier I used to work for refused to sell canned air (computer duster) unless the customer was 18 - due to concerns with kids and huffing. So this kind of thing isn't really unusual. Speaking of OTC meds, have you ever noticed how much alcohol is in NyQuil, etc.? YIKES!!
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I bought midol, tylenol, ect all the time when I was underage (aka last year)

I think that's really silly.
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I think if these restrictions (as annoying as they can be) prevent even one person from getting hooked on crystal meth than they're worth it.
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I didn't know that, and I think it's stupid. I can understand keeping certain OTC products behind the counter, such as Sudafed (and other cold meds), but not Tylenol. Carding you for it was overboard too. Being cautious is one thing. Being paranoid is quite another.
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I didn't know that, and I think it's stupid. I can understand keeping certain OTC products behind the counter, such as Sudafed, but not Tylenol. Carding you for it was overboard too. Being cautious is one thing. Being paranoid is quite another.

The Tylenol issue makes absolutely no sense, You need roughly 16,560 caplets to make one ounce of meth.

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The Tylenol issue makes absolutely no sense, You need roughly 16,560 caplets to make one ounce of meth.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2005-.../bad-medicine/
I know. I think with Tylenol and CVS, it's more about the harmful effects of taking too much of it. I agree that many people don't realize that they can kill their liver by taking too much Tylenol, but carding people for it makes no sense. I think the warnings should be bolder on the Tylenol box, and in their tv and print ads. Over 16,000 people die a year from Tylenol.
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So what do they think people over 18 wouldn't do this type of stuff or something? Makes no sense to me
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They are a lot of items people are being carded now in days for various reasons. In New Mexico people under 18 can't buy spray paint due to concerns with huffing and vandalism. Some stores won't sell lighters to minors.
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When I worked at Walmart last year we couldn't sell any of these things to people under 18:

Paintball guns or Paintballs
Cans of Spray Paint
Cold Medicine
Rated "R" movies
Hunting gear like scent spray to attract deer, ect.
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And a few others I can't remember at the moment
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So what do they think people over 18 wouldn't do this type of stuff or something? Makes no sense to me
That's a good point, too.
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So what do they think people over 18 wouldn't do this type of stuff or something? Makes no sense to me
It might be that they feel or believe that people under 18 are too impressionable and/or not mature enough to handle certain things such as harmful chemicals.

Certain restrictions make sense to me. It just initially surprised me today when I was questioned about my age because I was buying Tylenol.
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When I worked at Walmart last year we couldn't sell any of these things to people under 18:

Paintball guns or Paintballs
Cans of Spray Paint
Cold Medicine
Rated "R" movies
Hunting gear like scent spray to attract deer, ect.
Pocket Knives
Hair Color
Lighters

And a few others I can't remember at the moment
Heh. I've bought hair color from Walmart before while under 18. They really don't check.
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Heh. I've bought hair color from Walmart before while under 18. They really don't check.

It depends on the brand, some were fine, but sometimes I would scan one and the register would prompt me to check the person's ID. It's pretty stupid if you ask me, LOL
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