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Lawmakers Meet With Task Force On Meth Epidemic

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Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Nov. 20, 2013 4:44 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 20, 2013 7:23 PM EST

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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

West Virginia lawmakers are continuing to talk about how to combat the state's drug problem, especially the meth epidemic.

The House of Delegates met in the final day of interims at the capital Wednesday.

During one session, they heard the latest recommendations from the Kanawha County Substance Abuse Task Force on curbing the state's meth problem.

The most controversial proposal involves requiring a prescription for cold medicines with pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient used to make the drug.

Retailers who oppose the change said there are better ways to prevent substance abuse.

“The drug task force discussed many avenues we could go down,” Bridget Lambert, of the West Virginia Retailers Association and a task force member, said.

“Addressing the meth problem in West Virginia is a multi-level approach, and that would be the most effective, like using a meth task force registry, maybe stronger criminal penalties. We think the meth problem needs to be addressed as a criminal element.”

Ultimately, state legislators will determine how to proceed with new regulations to prevent meth abuse.



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