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Kanawha Task Force Again Recommends Meth Bill


A Kanawha County task force is again recommending that West Virginia legislators pass a law requiring people to get a prescription for a cold medicine that’s used to make methamphetamine.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the Kanawha County Commission Substance Abuse Task Force is making the recommendation despite a 40 percent drop in meth lab seizures statewide in 2014. West Virginia authorities have seized 290 labs this year, the third highest total in state history.

The commission says meth labs remain a significant danger to children and families.

Last year’s push for legislation requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine failed. A watered-down version that would have let individual counties impose such a requirement died on the last night of the legislative session.