Meth Labs
4:48 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Senator Who Backed Pseudoephedrine Restrictions Reacts to CVS Ban

Sen. Greg Tucker
Credit West Virginia Legislature

Two major retailers in West Virginia announced this week they would no longer be selling some over the counter cold medications in their stores. CVS Pharmacies stopped selling single-ingredient pseudoephedrine medicines in late June and Walgreens intends to follow suit.

Senator Greg Tucker of Nicholas County sponsored legislation this year intended to curb the meth problem by making psuedoephedrine—meth’s main ingredient—available only by a doctor’s prescription. The bill, however, died in the final hours of the session.

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9:24 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Pseudoephedrine Sales Decline in W.Va.

Credit Drug Enforcement Agency

  Pseudoephedrine sales in West Virginia are down 30 percent this year compared to the same five-month period in 2013.

Data from the NPLEx tracking system show pharmacies in West Virginia have sold 145,526 boxes of cold medications containing pseudoephedrine since January. Pharmacies sold 205,113 boxes during the same period last year.

The data also show a 40 percent decrease in the number of pseudoephedrine purchases that are blocked.

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9:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

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West Virginia Morning
10:49 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Senate Moves on Rx-Only Psuedoepehedrine, House Reacts to Public Hearing, Del. Manypenny on Water

The Senate moves a bill that would make pseudoephedrine prescription-only as a Schedule IV controlled substance, the House of Delegates reacts to Monday's public hearing on SB 373. As Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources, Del. Mike Manypenny has big questions and concerns over the water after this month's chemical spill.

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The Legislature Today
7:14 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Talks Chemical Spill Investigation, Legislative Audits, & More

The Senate moves a bill to make pseudoephedrine prescription-only, the House of Delegates weighs public comments in regards to the Senate's water protection and above-ground storage tank regulation bill, and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey talks about a his office's investigation on the chemical spill, price gouging, and the need for more legislative audits.

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2:59 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Two Men Plead Guilty in Meth Trafficking Case

Credit Drug Enforcement Agency

A West Virginia resident and a Florida man have admitted their roles in a methamphetamine trafficking case.
     Forty-nine-year-old Howard Leon Lykins II of Charleston pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston on Tuesday to maintaining a residence for drug purposes. Forty-four-year-old Richard Milton Hudson Riggall of Zephyrhills, Fla., entered a guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

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11:02 am
Mon January 27, 2014

West Virginia Meth Lab Busts Up 85% in 2013

Credit Drug Enforcement Agency

Methamphetamine lab seizures jumped 85 percent in West Virginia in 2013.
     A West Virginia State Police report says authorities seized 533 meth labs, compared to 288 in 2012.
     The report says police found meth labs in 45 of West Virginia's 55 counties. Kanawha County led the state with 159 meth lab seizures, followed by 36 in Wood County and 28 in Putnam County.

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3:13 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

State Police Say Latest Meth Busts Underscore Funding Needs

WV State Trooper First Sergeant Michael Baylous (L) and Trooper First Class L.W. Price discuss month of meth lab busts Friday.
Credit Suzanne Higgins / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  West Virginia State Police say they've arrested dozens of people in southern West Virginia on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine during targeted efforts in the past month.

Since October 26 state troopers in Webster, Pendleton, Randolph, and Braxton counties found 2 meth labs, arrested 14 people and seized a little over $1000.

This resulted in 28 felonies and 2 misdemeanor charges.

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11:55 am
Thu November 7, 2013

State council backs pseudoephedrine prescriptions

Credit RayNata / wikimedia

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.

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Drug Abuse
11:51 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Campaign targets pseudoephedrine regulation in W.Va.

Credit RayNata / wikimedia

An industry trade group has launched a campaign in West Virginia opposing legislation that would require prescriptions for medications containing pseudoephedrine.
     Pseudoephedrine is also used illegally to make methamphetamine.
     The Consumer Healthcare Products Association began running ads this week on Charleston-area news websites. The group also has set up a website called Stop Meth, Not Meds, a Facebook page and a Twitter account.

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Drug Abuse
1:16 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Could a high-tech pseudoephedrine product slow meth production?

Courtesy of Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

A West Virginia-based pharmacy chain is hoping to combat the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine by stocking a tamper-resistant form of the drug used in its production.

Fruth Pharmacy, which has 27 locations in West Virginia and Ohio, announced it will begin stocking a drug called Nexafed. The tablet contains the active ingredient pseudoephedrine, similar to the popular brand-name allergy drug Sudafed.

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