W.Va. House passes bill to curb meth

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

Legislation in West Virgina requiring a prescription for over the counter allergy and cold medicines has passed the house 77-23.

This was a huge step in the fight against drugs for West Virginia.

The bill would curb production of methamphetamines.
If passed, West Virginia would be the third state to join the fight against meth-following Mississippi and Oregon.

Operation Unite official Dan Smoot says the bill proves to effective.
"Oregon has seen over ninety percent decrease in methamphetamines production in the first six months. Mississippi passed the same legislation that we and West Virginia are shooting for and they had a sixty-eight percent reduction in meth."

Kentucky ranks as the third worst state for meth production and abuse.

Officials like Dwayne Price with the Johnson County Sheriffs Department hope the Commonwealth will follow in West Virginia's footsteps. "Without the sudafed they have no meth ... so if you could get the sudafed out of the picture or at least make it difficult for them to get it ... I'd assume you'd see a huge decrease."

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