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Pharmacies look to help in fight against meth labs

August 28, 2013

PARKERSBURG— Pharmacies are looking to replace medications containing Pseudoephedrine, a prime ingredient in the making of methamphetamines, with something that is more resistant to being turned int......

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Aug-30-13 8:54 AM

I did the research keerock. Oregon's meth labs were declining BEFORE a prescription was required. As I said yesterday, Oregon required a prescription, while it may have contributed in some small way to the reduction of meth labs, the evidence suggest that is coincidental than anything.

Evidence from Oregon suggest that the biggest reduction in meth labs was as a result of placing the product behind the prescription counter AND requiring a picture ID to purchase it as that resulted in the largest decrease in meth labs.

The evidence simply does not demonstrate that the gain from requiring an prescription is offsets the loss of freedom for those who utilize that drug daily.

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Aug-29-13 4:34 PM

thats a "dot" org addy

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Aug-29-13 4:33 PM

For those that are interested, please search "Returning Pseudoephedrine (PSE) to a Prescription Drug" along with "Oregon Alliance for Drug Endangered Children"


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Aug-29-13 9:37 AM

…”you might want to get a clue. Mississippi and Oregon adopted laws that make PSE a prescription only drug. Violent crime, property crime, and meths labs are ALL down as a result of their actions.”

That’s a bit of a misguided statement. While meth labs are in decline in those two states, attributing them to prescription only is coincidental l at best, and likely a result of other actions. Meth labs had declined by 75% in Oregon BEFORE the law mandating Prescriptions and in Mississippi, meth labs declined before rising again.

The truth is the decline is likely a result of creating online databases and forcing those who wish to purchase the drug to show an ID, as well as other crime fighting measures.

Before WV implements a prescription only requirement, perhaps we would be better served by implementing other PROVEN methods of reducing meth labs.

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Aug-29-13 9:08 AM

There is someone in my own family who was prescribed painkillers for legitimate pain that stemmed from injuries sustained in a car accident. She became addicted. She is educated, beautiful, and intelligent, and she became a drug addict. It was NOT her choice. Her choice was to get clean, but that in itself was difficult. So don't give me this ration of crap about people making "choices" to become addicts. That's ignorant. Keerock, again, making something available by prescription only does not solve the problem. I ask you again to look at the prescription drug addiction epidemic that has swept the country, and our area particularly. You get a clue.

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Aug-29-13 8:15 AM

Mack - you might want to get a clue. Mississippi and Oregon adopted laws that make PSE a prescription only drug. Violent crime, property crime, and meths labs are ALL down as a result of their actions.

Delegate John Ellem has sponsored bills over the last few years that would make drugs with PSE prescription only. This is the wisest path to stop meth production.

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Aug-28-13 11:45 PM

Nothing can be done to fix this problem. Meth and prescription drug abuse are out of control. The issue with fixing the problem lies in the addict, he or she has to want to get off of the drug. No action the government does will help these individuals unless they desire help. If measures are implemented to stop the manufacturing of meth, it will only be a matter of time before somebody will have figured out a new method of making a similar drug. Times are hard and unfortunately a high can be the only joy some people receive in their daily lives. Sad and heart wrenching when one puts the problem into perspective.

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Aug-28-13 11:25 PM

Mack, I never abused or even took a pain pill when I was in pain during my competitions. I knew they were addicting but do not tell me that these people you mentioned in all walks of life knew that drugs were bad to began with. It is all about choice and decisions. It is a easy way out of everything and it catches up with them. I agree with guy, even if it means getting rid of my drug addicted brother and sister!!!

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Aug-28-13 4:46 PM

I did not say that all addicts(and I agree that prescription drug addiction is a scourge far worsening than street drugs)are evil doers and should be executed like the low lives that kill their mother, father, brother, sister, child,and any one else that stands in the way of getting their fix. One who is addicted can exercise a choice in their life to clean themselves up. Only they(the addict) can do this by wanting to become free. Clinics,medications,etc. cannot erase your addiction,only your desire to quit can do this.

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Aug-28-13 4:25 PM

Guy, calling them "lowlife users" shows that you don't take the high road at all. Addiction does not discriminate. It can climb on the back of ANYONE. There are doctors, lawyers, nurses, clerks, cops, teachers, etc. who are addicts or recovering addicts. It could be your parent, sibling, child... nobody goes into this thinking, "You know? I think it'd be fun to be caught in the grips of something so horrid that I lose my job, my home, my family, my sanity..." I'm not an addict myself, but I have loved ones who are, and it's heartwrenching. As for Keerock? Prescription? Really? Has it occurred to you that prescription drugs have become the newest scourge of this country due to the rise in addictions and black market sales of them? Making something "available by prescription only" hasn't worked for regulating Vicodin, Oxycodone, Percocet, Xanax, Klonopin... need I continue??

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Aug-28-13 3:27 PM

The rationale for my reasonable statement9death penalty) is the concern for protecting the good. If indeed killing off by the use of the death penalty these miscreant evil doers will reduce the possibility of the 'high roaders' being harmed, then reinstatement of the death penalty to remove from society these low life, is indeed a plausible remedy to reduce substantially this scourge on the better half. What happens to low life sellers and users should not concern those of us that are responsible and law abiding, only to the degree we(the high roaders) are protected.

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Aug-28-13 3:16 PM

Change the law and make Pseudoephedrine a prescription only drug again. Doctor's with patients that benefit from the drugs containing PSE can write a 12 month prescription, refillable once every 30 days, and still remain in compliance of existing laws that limit the purchase of PSE.

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Aug-28-13 3:11 PM

Guy, as evil as I believe meth is, you can't claim to always be taking the high road and make statements like yours below.

Eradicate meth, not people.

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Aug-28-13 1:03 PM

If these druggies are rightfully put to death immediately when caught, they certainly will not find another way to make their deadly stuff.

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Aug-28-13 10:45 AM

I can hardly wait to see how this plays out. These druggies will probably find some other way to make their stuff.

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Aug-28-13 8:59 AM

I have severe allergies, and we are residents of an area in which our air quality exacerbates that. Pseudoephedrine is absolutely a lifesaver. The change in chemical compounds isn't taking away pseudoephedrine, only prohibiting the extraction of it by those who would misuse it to make meth. It's kind of like the amino acids that pharmacy companies have been adding to certain ADHD meds to ensure that the medicine be swallowed and ingested to work, since there are many who misuse them by crushing and snorting them.

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Aug-28-13 8:46 AM

Can't use Sudafed anyway - took some years ago and thought I was going to have a heart attack. I will stick to my benedryl.

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Aug-28-13 8:13 AM

Pseudoephedrine is a life saver for people that have severe allergies/colds/etc. I shouldn't have to suffer because these white trash methheads want a fix.

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Aug-28-13 1:47 AM

The DEA needs to ban this drug entirely. People who use meth are idiots to be putting this garbage into their bodies.

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