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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  • 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.

  • wvman75

    Ever notice how "normal", law-abiding citizens have their rights trampled on and get inconvenienced because of stupid, law breaking people? There could be another way for politicians to address this without doing so, but that would be politically incorrect, huh? And it would require some actual thought.

    • Shadow

      That is the current American Way. Same thing about tobacco and alcohol purchases. Stupidity squared.

    • The bookman

      Not to mention that they are hanging their hat on this next generation meth resistant product that only prohibits the large scale manufacturers from successfully making the drug. And most likely those offenders aren't buying Sudafed by the box. They are obtaining pseudo ephedrine in bulk quantity. It is a misnomer that products like Nexafed stop meth cooks from extracting the drug. The Nexafed products require twice the product as Sudafed to create the same quantity of meth using the shake n bake, one pot method, so there really is no benefit to the legislation, other than the usual inconvenience to the guy with a cold, or the drug manufacturer of the next generation product.

      • Martin

        I think you have not researched nexafed very well. You would need 10 times as much to make the same amount of meth than if you were using sudafed and in some cases you can't even get any meth. There is really no reason for the legislators to not approve senate bill 6

        • The bookman

          My information came directly from Nexafed's website...

          • Aaron

            Nexafed does not work the same as Sudafed, at least not for me or any of the dozen or so people I've talked to. Anecdotal I know but that's how it is.

          • The bookman

            I don't like like feel good legislation, ever! Nexafed does not deliver the meth resistant properties being put forward by the legislature. And that is not my opinion, that is from Nexafed. So we exclude a medication like Sudafed, and pick Nexafed as the winner of this week's lottery based on false statements.

            People will find a way to get high or baked or whatever you want to call it regardless of how inconvenient you make it for the public. I'm not certain that Nexafed won't be tracked in the same way Sudafed is now, given it will be behind the counter.

            Elena Kagan said in regards to same sex marriage and SCOTUS rulings that the more they attempt to fix things, the worse they make them. I think that applies to most things in government. They can't solve our every problem, and when they try, they make things worse, usually!

          • Jason412


            What's wrong with just taking the Nexafed? They did this same thing with Oxycontin, making it tamper resistant to deter abuse. People were still able to shoot it and sniff it, but not as easily as before and look at the plummet in oxycontin abuse since the tamper resistant ones were released.

            If Nexafed works exactly the same on sinuses as original Sudafed I don't see why anyone who would be using it for legal purposes has a problem with only having over the counter access to it and not Sudafed.

            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. I welcome any product that will relieve my congestion without having to put my name on a list of tweakers.

            I don't understand how buying a box of Nexafed inconveniences the regular joe more then the current system? Having to sign a paper, show id, and being limited on the amount per month is a lot more of a hassle to me then just buying a tamper resistant version that has promised the same results.

            For the average joe taking it for congestion, Nexafed should be no different then Sudafed. Why would you even want to take Sudafed if something that works equally well is readily available?

            My hope is that this works, and they are able to release a new tamper resistant Claritin-D as it would save me time and money.