METH PROBLEM GROWS Bill Would Make PSE Prescription Drug To Fight Meth
Reported by: Bob Aaron
Videographer: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Bob Aaron
Reported: Jan. 19, 2012 6:32 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 19, 2012 6:38 PM EST
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
The toxic cleanup, health, law enforcement and jail costs linked to meth don't come cheap for West Virginia. Sen. Dan Foster says it's 200 million dollars. Foster is pushing a bill that makes pseudoephedrine or PSE a prescription drug.
It's the key ingredient for making meth and for cold and allergy medicines like Sudafed. Foster says "meth labs" have increased over 50% in West Virginia in the last year Even though PSE has been behind the counter for years. Foster says two states ( Oregon and Mississippi) that require prescriptions for PSE have seen lab seizures plummet.
The bill--named for the late Delegate Larry Borders- would not stop people from buying meth just making it here. Most of it comes from Mexico. Retailers don't like the bill. The WV Retailers Association claims it will hurt business and severely inconvenience customers.
Foster, a doctor, says the inconvenience is worth it.
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