EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSParents Have Mixed Reaction To Cold Drug Regulation
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Reported by: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Also Contributing: Associated Press
Reported: Oct. 31, 2013 2:56 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 31, 2013 11:45 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A proposed law could further restrict the sale of cold medicine, but not if one organization has its way.
Thousands of kids were trick-or-treating all under one roof at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, and a safe environment was a top priority for these parents.
The parents had mixed reactions when they heard about a proposed West Virginia law that would require a prescription to purchase certain cold medicines which have ingredients used to cook meth.
"It’s getting to the point where you should have a prescription," parent Megan Smoot said.
However, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association is launching a huge campaign before the legislative session, called "Stop meth! Not meds!"
The ad push is picking up traction. The group wants people to pressure lawmakers to strike down ''prescription only'' laws.
Jacque Wright said controlling the meth problem is important for the safety of her kids, but, the problem is, her kids get sick, too, and she doesn't want to have to wait for a doctor's signature.
"No,” she said of the law. “Because you can’t buy it in bulk anyway."
As lobbyists push, and opinions vary, one thing that is certain, these parents want their children safe.
House Health Committee Chairman Don Perdue of Wayne County has said he plans on introducing prescription-only legislation.
An industry trade group has launched a campaign in West Virginia opposing legislation that would require prescriptions for medications containing pseudoephedrine.
Pseudoephedrine is also used illegally to make methamphetamine.
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association began running ads this week on Charleston-area news websites. The group also has set up a website called Stop Meth, Not Meds, a Facebook page and a Twitter account.
Association spokeswoman Elizabeth Funderburke told the Charleston Gazette that families rely on cold, sinus and allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine. She says the association provides a platform for them to voice opposition to prescription legislation.
House Health Committee Chairman Don Perdue and Nicholas County Sen. Greg Tucker have said they plan to introduce prescription-only bills for pseudoephedrine.
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