Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


August 14, 2013

Readers comment on cold med issue

— — A selection of reader comments from our Facebook page last week and this week:

On a West Virginia lawmaker who wants pseudoephedrine, the ingredient found in the majority of over-the-counter cold medicines, to be “prescription only” to fight the production of meth across the state, and if you think passing a bill of this nature would actually make a difference in the production of meth:

• Citizens should have the right to a common cold medication without a prescription. Criminals should not be allowed to influence public policy in such a way as to deprive the vast majority of the law-abiding citizens of West Virginia of their rights — Matt H.

• I do not think it would make a difference. They already have the legal amount that you can buy daily limited. (Would not hurt to lower the limit some more though.) That being said, they decided that it was a smart move to make the “morning after” pill available to children as young as 15 without a prescription ... — Jaimie D.

• Too many of our major cities are on the border — Bridgett J.

• It is a move that would further hurt the uninsured. There are people that can only take pseudoephedrine whether for allergies or medical conditions ... — Nicole H.

• It seems the vast majority of legislation we see introduced now is an inconvenience or burden on law-abiding citizens rather than focusing on those who are the abusers. Laws with teeth that make the offenders pay dearly are what is needed, not more restrictions on citizens who respect laws and are productive members of society — Stan W.

• No! It will only cost me doctor visits and fees. It won’t make a difference ... just make life worse for upstanding citizens — Angela B.

• I do not have the luxury of going to the doctor for every little, common thing. If I can take something over the counter and nip it in the bud, it saves me time and money. I already feel I am being punished for their criminal activity every time I have to show my ID to obtain something that I myself do not abuse! ... — Deanna L.

• Where you have poverty and boredom you will inevitably have drug abuse, no amount of political mandates will stop that. Maybe they should concentrate that effort more on helping our area find a new industrial future, and the drugs will become less of a problem — Joseph L.

• Who cares? Let the meth heads do their drugs ’till it kills them! — Tony L.

• What is the big deal if it will help curb drug use? We need to get work in this area ... — Derek K.

• Let me put this in real terms: It cost me about 10 bucks for good cold medicine. If they pass this law it will require gas money to get to the doctor, missing time at work, doctor visit fees and, of course, the medicine will go up five times in price. Good idea? You decide. Crackheads win again — Greg B.

• No, they will just find something else to make it with — Crystal B.

• Yes — Terry H.

• So a doctor will have to be paid to get a prescription for this? — Stephanie H.

• They can just go to Virginia and still buy it, especially in the Bluefield area — Kelli C.

• For those of you who prefer it this way, it is good that you have the means to go to a doctor every time you need a cold medication. But for those of us who don’t, it is a bad deal. Why should ordinary people that choose to use it correctly have to be punished by the ones that choose to abuse it? Why do our rights have to be affected? — Tranessa L.

• If making a substance prescription only is supposed to help, then why do we have so many people addicted to prescription pain meds? Just saying — Tammy M.

• No, I don’t think it would — Robin S.

• They will just go across the sate line and buy it in Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Crazy — Nelson L.

• Pointless. All it will do is inconvenience the law-abiding folks ... Jadzia N.

• You already have to show an ID to purchase over-the-counter meds with this ingredient. I purchase Allegra D over the counter and the pharmacy told me you are on a national registry and they monitor how often you purchase. Seems like more control now then if it becomes a Rx ... — Diane H.

• Give them all they want ... Steven T.

• An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Criminals will be criminals and there’s no law that will stop that. But if we could slow them or stop them ... why would anyone say no to that? — Cindy C.

• What a crock — Derek Z.

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