Stopping the Meth Problem Across The Mountain State
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on December 16, 2013 @ 12:20PM
Created on December 15, 2013 @ 4:57PM
Even though officials say meth use in our state has been on the decline, one major issue that comes along with the drug is the cheap and easy ways users have to make it. So is there a way to put an end to it?
While meth abuse only accounts for about 1% of all addictions in the state, the main problem we face here at home is just how easy and cheap it is to make it, and the ingredients used to make meth may shock you.
Cold medicine, lighter fluid, coffee filters, and even toilet bowl cleaner; while these products are something you may buy at your local store for every day use, for some, it has a much different purpose; making crystal meth, and some people think this is a problem that is definitely overlooked.
Some pharmacies across the country have already been taking a stand on how much cold medicine you can buy containing pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient used in meth, but is that enough?
Officials say you can go into your local store and buy everything you need to make meth for just 20 dollars, including cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, like Claritin and Sudafed, and the effects meth can have on a person can be devastating.
5 News actually had the chance to speak with someone who works at a dentist office, and she said the effect it can have on your teeth is bad enough.
So what is the Mountain State doing to help bring meth abuse down? Since January of this year, all pharmacies in our state have been reporting their sales of pseudoephedrine through a system called "Nplex," which has supposedly blocked about 3% of pseudoephedrine sales because of people going over their monthly or yearly limit with buying the drug.
Some of you think no matter what, meth abuse is something we're going to keep dealing with.
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