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Perdue: Pseudoephedrine bill likely to become law

January 7, 2014

CHARLESTON — Despite the previous failure of two similar pieces of legislation, one state legislator is hopeful that a new bill requiring a prescription for over-the-counter medicines containing......

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Jan-08-14 6:26 PM

KENTUCKY $229,000 Average hospital cost for meth lab burn victims $75,000 Average for other burn patients 20% Death rate among meth lab burn victims 13% Rate among other burn victims 0-4 Most frequent ages of meth lab victims, 2010 MISSISSIPPI

99.5% Drop in pseudoephedrine sold after prescription law went into effect in 2010

74% Decline in meth lab incidents

81% Decline in drug-endangered children

$600,000 Drop in spending on meth lab cleanup costs


96% Decline in meth lab incidents after prescription legislation took effect in 2006

0 Children removed from houses with active meth labs since law took effect

$580,000 Cost of meth lab cleanup, 2005

$43,000 Cost of meth lab cleanup, 2011

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Jan-08-14 6:22 PM

In 2011 Sheriff Mike Rutherford blamed the drug-industry lobbying for the Pseudoephedrine Only Law bill's failure. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), which represents the makers of over-the-counter drugs, had waged a media campaign that included newspaper, radio and Internet ads, as well as automated phone calls urging West Virginians to call their state lawmakers using Robocalling. Today they are using the same techniques and hava also added a WV 'Stop Not Med's' campaign that includes a webpage. They have also brought members onto the Kanawha County Drug Task Force and through the back door of the Legislative chambers. Stop the PSE Gravy train in 2014! KENTUCKY

$30 million Cost of meth labs to the state (including incarceration), 2009

34,496 Number of police hours spent on lab cleanup, 2010

73% Increase in labs, 2008-09

115% Increase in crimes associated with meth, 2008-09

25% Share of hospital burn patients who were injured in meth labs

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Jan-07-14 1:02 PM

It's a bit pathetic that CHPA is still claiming the NPLex system is a success (it only blocks 3% of sales). The offender registry will only prevent meth offenders from buying pseudoephedrine medicines - but that's AFTER they get busted (and perhaps blow up a car, or taint another apartment building). The prescription-only bill will PREVENT more toxic accidents in WV, and hopefully, prevent more addictions. Then we can spend more $ on helping those that are addicted. StoptheMethWV (find us on Facebook!)

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