Associated Press Published

West Virginia Meth Lab Busts Up 85% in 2013


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.
     Wood County Delegate John Ellem tells the Charleston Gazette that meth labs frequently cause fires in his county.
     Ellem supports legislation that would require a prescription for cold medications containing pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in making meth.
     Cabell County Delegate Kelli Sobonya opposes the legislation. She says it won’t reduce meth use or meth deaths.