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Stopping the Meth Problem Across The Mountain State
Written by Tyler Hawn
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?

Cold medicines like Sudafed and Claritin contain the popular drug pseudoephedrine, which is the main ingredient used to make meth, but now, officials are trying to take a stand so it's not as accessible.

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.

"I think it's horrible," said Sue Vose, Philippi resident.

"I think it's worse than what most people think, even in small residential areas," said Julia Foley, Bridgeport resident.

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.

"I work for a dentist and you can see teeth wise, how bad it really is," said Mary Hurst, who works at a local dentist office.

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.

"It's hard to say. They're doing all they can do. I really don't know what they can do," said Foley.
 
"I think it's something that's going to be stuck with us always unless the police can expand their investigations," said Walsh.

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