EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSTask Force To Deal With Pill And Meth Abuse
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Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Web Producer: Doug Harlow
Reported: Aug. 29, 2013 9:41 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The Kanawha County Commission is on track to create a special task force to deal specifically with pill and meth abuse in the county.
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said the task force will be made up of Dr. Rahul Gupta, former W.Va. Sen. Dan Foster and members of the sheriff's and prosecutor's office. Carper said the county has to find solutions on the local level because the legislature failed to pass a law that would have required a prescription to buy pseudoephedrine.
Carper said they will hold public hearings, gather necessary statistics and formulate a plan that would make pill mills and meth making in the county harder to accomplish, including looking at passing a county health ordinance.
"We're losing a generation of young children to meth,” Carper said. “We need to do something, instead of saying, 'Well we really tried.' We need to do something on a local level, and I look forward to doing something by the end of this year."
Dates for the public hearings have not been set yet, but they will be held at the health department since Carper said this is a public health problem.
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