CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A former Kanawha County Senator and practicing doctor says requiring prescriptions for drugs containing pseudoephedrine, a key meth ingredient, will help cut down on meth production in West Virginia.

“It diminishes significantly the number of meth labs,” said Dr. Dan Foster of the possible effects of such a change.

“Illicit purchasers, it’s far more difficult for them to get ahold of pseudoephedrine with prescription only. It’s been proven in Oregon and Mississippi.”

Both of those states have laws that keep drugs like Advil Cold & Sinus, Allegra D, Claritin D, Mucinex D and Sudafed behind pharmacy counters and only available with approval from doctors.

Delegate Don Perdue (D-19, Wayne), the House Health and Human Resources Committee chairman, said he will again introduce legislation during the 2014 legislative session that would do the same in West Virginia.

Right now, those medicines are available over the counter, though there are limits on quantities that can be purchased during specified time frames.

Sales of the drugs are tracked in real time through the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx), which was implemented in West Virginia earlier this year.

Foster said further limiting access to pseudoephedrine will have a number of positive effects.

“If you can’t produce it, you don’t have the toxic exposures to kids, real estate, hotels, motels that are damaged with these sites. That is virtually eliminated,” he said.

As for claims that such a change would punish people who follow the law, Foster said there are 120 other products available that work like the drugs with pseudoephedrine.

Already, doctors can call in prescriptions for their patients for the medications as well.

Foster was a guest on a recent edition of MetroNews “Talkline.”

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  • Rodney Hytonen

    Criminalizing more things, feeds one of the fastest growing profit centers/revenue streams, in business today - privatized prisons. And schools are next.

  • coach

    Yes, it works for all of the other prescription drugs that are abused as well. Wake up Doctor! Making law-abiding citizens suffer because of criminals is not the answer.

  • george

    ok so lets close purchases for hair spray, gasoline , paint, bleach, turpentine, paint thinner,........ when is it going to end!!!!!! oh, by the way I forgot about potato chips and crackers as you can choke on those.....just another move for the Government to control our lives.......pretty soon they're going to want a prescription for aspirin...........If this is indicative of common sense of our leaders, its no wonder the Country is spiraling downhill.....................................

  • Luke

    Now the BS is coming from doctors. Of course this guy is a former Legislator, so consider the source. I see Oregon defeated a marijuana legalization effort in 2012 by a 53% to 47% margin but it will be back on the ballot again in 2014. Let's see legalize marijuana and criminalize Advil now there is an example to follow. Let's be like Oregon!!!

  • GregG

    If we had a legal system that would ACTUALLY punish these meth using/cooking scum then maybe this wouldn't be so much of an issue. In my area you can blow your house of its foundation and be back on the street before the ink is dry on the arresting officers report. And as someone else mentioned, the harder it becomes to get meth, the greater the influx of heroin. This "War on Drugs" is a joke. Who the hell ever heard of "war" where you didn't kill and take prisoners? Start locking these scum up and executing them. Pretty strange that a working man can be locked up for a half dozen weeds in his backyard, but scum can cook meth and leave needles laying in a house full of kids and all they get is a hand slap. But as I have always said, growing a weed is free, big business and the government isn't making any money off a plant. Now on the other hand, meth making with all it's store bought ingredients is a profit maker for big business.

  • Dewey Norman

    Mr. Purdue has drank too much dirty water out of the Tug River due to the contamination by Don Blankenship of Massey Energy.

  • Gregg

    The only answer to the meth problem is to ban pseudoephedrine entirely.

  • John

    This will do nothing except create a higher influx of heroin

  • Josh

    I see this for exactly what it is, a money grab for doctors. Doctors will be able to charge patients for a doctor's visit anytime they have a minor case of the snuggled which range anywhere from $50 - $300. My wife's urgent care visit cost $250 last week just to get a common antibiotic. Some of us don't have med coverage to cover doctor's visits. Looks like the general public as a whole will suffer due to the criminal activity of a few.

    • Joe

      Don't worry Josh, Obama will take care of you!