Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on March 15, 2012 @ 1:08PM
Created on March 14, 2012 @ 7:30PM
The amount of cold medicine you can buy from a pharmacist is more than likely about to change in the next few months. A bill sitting on Governor Tomblin's desk will limit the amount of pseudoephedrine you can buy, hoping to fight the growing meth problem.
Pseudoephedrine is found in cold medicines like Sudafed, but unlike others, it's sold behind the counter, because it's also used to make meth. Currently you can purchase 9 grams a month but as long as Governor Tomblin signs the bill that will go down to 7.2 grams.
Pharmacists track all the pseudoephedrine they sell and law enforcement is able to see if someone keeps going back to purchase it. Currently it updates every few days but a new bill passed in the state will require pharmacists and other retailers to connect through the National Precursor Log Exchange to update this data almost immediately. This will help speed up possible meth investigations.
The new law also limits the amount of pseudoephedrine a person can buy. Daily, you could pick up 3.6 grams, but no more than 7.2 grams a month, or 48 grams a year.
"I think cutting it's going to help but you also have the problems of people having their friends and family go into different stores, different pharmacies, to purchase the stuff in order to make the meth. That's why we need people of the community and the towns to be our eyes and ears out there to let us know if they see any type of evidence of meth labs, or smell, or the products in the trash, let us know, that way we can help stop it," says Deputy J.D. Snyder of the Doddridge County Sheriff's Department.
One woman we spoke to says she doesn't mind the minor inconvenience this may cause people.
"I think it's amazing and they should go as far as they can with it because if you're sick, go to the doctor. You don't hear about people making meth out of like, amoxicillin. I think it's amazing and drugs are completely insane like it's just horrible how far people are going with it and they do make life harder for other people but if you're sick just go to the doctors," says Salem resident Beth Noe.
The bill stops short of making medicines such as Sudafed prescription only.
If this bill becomes law, tracking pain prescriptions will become faster and our state will join a multi-state tracking system that monitors the sale of over the counter cold medicine that doubles as a common meth ingredient. That drug is called pseudoephedrine, and the bill would limit the sale of the drug even more. To read more, Click Here
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