CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill aimed at cutting down on the manufacturing of methamphetamine in West Virginia cleared its first hurdle Tuesday when the bill passed the Senate Health Committee.

The measure would require a doctor’s prescription to purchase medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in making meth and also a main ingredient in cold and sinus medicine.

The bill would allow tamper-resistant products like Nexafed to be sold behind the counter without a prescription.

Sen. Art Kirkendoll, D-Logan, said Tuesday that option makes the bill more attractive.

“I have a little more comfort knowing that people have access to this type of medicine,” the senator said.

Pharmacy chains like Fruth and Rite-Aid made moves last year in West Virginia to make regular pseudoephedrine products unavailable.

Former State Trooper and now state Board of Pharmacy employee Mike Goff told committee members products like Nexafed work for those taking it for a cold but is almost impossible to use in meth making.

“There are chemicals added to it that make the matrix hard to get just the Sudafed out for those purposes. It makes the whole process a slurry that’s hard to distinguish and separate like you would need to in a conventional manufacturing process,” Goff said.

Sen. Kirkendoll said attacking the meth-making problem while possibly hurting residents who legitimately need medicine puts lawmakers in a tough position.

“But we’ve got to do something,” Kirkendoll concluded. “We’re in a catch-22 spending millions of dollars to clean up these unsightly, unsavory (labs). Once they bust a meth lab it’s almost dangerous to be around.”

The bill next heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.


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  • Bill

    WV is becoming more and more of a "police state" everyday. Wake up West Virginians your rights are fading with every bill these idiots past!!!!

  • Ster

    Kids are snorting Smarties now. Are we going to need a prescription for Halloween candy now?

  • Robert

    This is absurd. At some point we have to let adults be adults and those who chose otherwise to fall by the wayside.

    Get out of my medicine cabinet.

  • Ed Wouldn't

    JFC ... NO!!

    I'm an adult.

  • Walsingham

    Another example of law abiding citizens being punished for the actions of a small group of people. Obviously, the penalties for manufacturing and distributing meth do not detract people from doing so.

  • The Nose Knows

    This says it all.
    "I used to take Claritin-D every day, since they made you start signing the paper I stopped buying it and I now take multiple medications to help with my sinuses."
    Taking multiple medications instead of one is dangerous. I hope you are reading the labels on those multiple meds and you don't have have any interactions between what you are taking. I know a fellow who did the same thing you are doing and it caused him a mild heart attack.

  • Wowbagger


    The Nanny state of West Virginia!

  • Hillbilly

    Just legalize Meth, and this will solve itself..
    The junkies OD, thus no jail crowding issues, less "demand" for the drug...etc..

  • David

    Things like this is why things like the chemical leak happen. It's called priorities and the government has only one and that is exercising ever more control over the individual, not corporations.

  • WVSon

    So, for pseudoephedrine I need to see a doctor but for bullets I just hand over my cash?


    • Wowbagger

      Bullets are contitutionally protected.

  • wvtd

    I can not afford to see a doctor every time I get a head cold and with this train wreck we know as obamacare I can only imagine the amount of paper work that we will have to fill out to just see a doctor if we can even see one. jail the meth heads and leave us the hell alone.

    • WV Worker

      There is no medicine that will cure the common cold so going to the doctor for a cold is a waste of time and money.

  • Todd

    We are quickly becoming a government controlled police state. Where the people surrender their freedom in the name of security and the war on drugs.

    • Bill

      Ditto! Our legislature should be trying to help people instead of always putting the shaft to them, like starting a oversight committee to investigate the LP gas companies for jacking up the price of lp gas.

  • Harpers Ferry

    Also, stock up on cold meds, because if you have just a simple cold, you will have to go see a doctor. Which means longer wait times at the doctor's office and higher premiums for all those co-pays. The winner? Obama. High premiums = more people on Obamacare. Think it's just a coincidence? Think again.

    • wvu999

      There was no meth before Obama....... yeah
      shake my head

      • wvtd

        he never said there was not. it is the higher premiums and all the paperwork we have to deal with because of this terrible law that has been imposed on us against our will.

  • jim

    Was a great country when we were a free people.

  • Harpers Ferry

    A doctor's prescription, a nurse's prescription, or both? Our state senate has me confused. Unfortunately, that does not surprise me.