Lies, statistics and meth labs
RALEIGH -- When it comes to statistics, Mark Twain's famous quote equating them to lies is a lot like statistics themselves.
The problem with using statistics -- at least when they are accurate -- is not that they are lies. Rather, it is that those who cite them can pick and choose the ones that bolster their argument.
So statistics, like Twain's quote, can tell only half the story.
Some state legislators and state officials recently did a little selective choosing of statistics themselves.
The subject was methamphetamine labs and the cold medicine, pseudoephedrine, that is used to cook up the illegal drug.
Information presented to a legislative study committee showed that Oregon and Mississippi, two states that adopted laws requiring that pseudophedrine be sold by prescription, have seen ...