Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 7, 2013

W.Va. council backs pseudoephedrine prescriptions


Associated Press

CHARLESTON — A state task force says West Virginia should require prescriptions for cold medications that contain an ingredient used illegally to make methamphetamine.

The recommendation is one of several approved Wednesday by the Governor’s Advisory Council on Substance Abuse.

The Charleston Gazette says the council also recommended that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin oppose any legislation that would legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use.

Council member the Rev. James Patterson says there’s evidence that requiring prescriptions for cold medications containing pseudoephedrine reduces the number of meth labs.

House health committee Chairman Don Perdue says the council’s pseudoephedrine recommendation is good news. Perdude plans to introduce such legislation in January.