West Virginia lawmakers are at it again - trying to control the lives of innocent, law-abiding citizens.
Read the following commentary from Bridget Lambert of the WV Retailers Association:
Some are pushing for a new law that would require a doctor's prescription for certain cold and allergy medicines that contain the decongestant pseudoephedrine (PSE).
There's no question that meth production and use are a problem in the state, but we must remember that most of those purchasing these PSEbased products (Advil Cold & Sinus, Allegra-D, Claritin-D, Sudafed, etc.) are law-abiding citizens who are simply trying to ease the symptoms associated with the common cold or allergies.
While we applaud Legislative leaders for addressing the meth problem, the West Virginia Retailers Association believes that a prescription requirement is not a sound solution.
If a prescription law is mandated by the Legislature, consider this:
¡ Consumers will need to take time off work, visit the doctor, pay a co-pay, and then obtain their PSE products from the pharmacy.
¡ The National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) - the program instituted just one year ago in West Virginia to track and block illicit pseudoephedrine purchases - blocked the sale of more than 17,000 boxes last year, and state law enforcement representatives are starting to utilize the program to their advantage.
¡ The West Virginia Retailers Association, in partnership with the W.Va. Sheriffs Association, W. Va. Municipal League and the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, recently hosted law enforcement training sessions around the state to acclimate police officers and narcotics agents with the NPLEx system.
Bridget will be my guest on Monday morning! Read more of her column at The Charleston Gazette.
Other states are dealing with similar legislative proposals. Indiana is one of them. Look at what Richard Feldman has written in the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel:
I am very disappointed to see that some advocates for a pseudoephedrine prescription requirement have been making a number of misleading or outright false claims to advance their cause.
It is time to set the record straight:
Myth: 70-90 percent of PSE sales in Indiana are diverted to make meth.
Truth: There is no empirical evidence to prove that. The only independent study to date, conducted by the research arm of the Kentucky legislature, suggests that about 2 percent of PSE is diverted to make meth.
Myth: Oregon and Mississippi — the only two states that have passed prescription requirements — are models, because meth labs were reduced dramatically after they made pseudoephedrine a prescription-only product.
Truth: The Oregon-based Cascade Policy Institute published a study in 2012 that found that Oregon's recent decline in meth lab incidents began well before the state passed its prescription-only law in 2006.
Cascade also studied several of Oregon's neighboring states, none of which have a prescription requirement, and found similar rates of meth lab decline. The likely reason? The constant influx of Mexican-made meth into the United States.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, at least 80 percent of American meth comes from Mexico. For that and other reasons, Oregon law enforcement reported last year that meth remains the state's greatest drug threat. They also report that meth-related crime such as identity theft, abused and neglected children, and serious property damage continues to be a daily problem and is prevalent throughout the state.
In Mississippi, meanwhile, law enforcement officials and newspaper articles frequently report on that state's continued struggle with meth-related crime across the state, despite the state's prescription requirement. According to the DEA agent in charge, in Gulfport, Miss., meth lab incidents have actually increased in that part of the state. In neighboring Alabama, there were so many cases of Mississippians coming into the state to buy pseudoephedrine-based products that Alabama lawmakers were compelled to ban the purchase of those products by out-of-state residents.
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Notice that even the DEA admits more than 80% of meth comes from Mexico! This fact was confirmed by two WV Delegates on my show this week. One was Daryl Cowles (R-Morgan) who opposes the legislation to make Pseudoephedrine Rx, while the other, Don Perdue (D-Wayne) is very much in favor of it.
Ingredients to make meth are LEGAL substances. You can't ban or regulate EVERY substance some idiot wants to swallow, snort, or inject!
This legislation is not really about stopping meth, it's about controlling YOU!