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CVS stops selling medicines that solely contain pseudoephedrine

Updated: Monday, July 7 2014, 06:46 PM EDT

CVS Pharmacy stores in West Virginia have stopped selling a popular cold medication used to make methamphetamine.
CVS stores in West Virginia and 15 miles from the state line are no longer selling cold medicines that solely contain pseudoephedrine. That includes some stores in Ohio.
CVS stores in and around the state have replaced certain singe-ingredient pseudoephedrine with a tamper-resistant product in hopes of curbing the number of meth labs and meth abuse in the Ohio Valley and beyond.
“We took this step as part of our long-standing commitment to assuring that PSE products are purchased at our stores only for legitimate medical purposes," CVS Pharmacy Director and Public Relations Manager Mike Dangelis said.
The goal is to keep those medicines out of the hands of meth cooks. It's been a growing problem, keeping local law enforcement busy, busting abusers and shutting down dangerous meth labs.
Harrison County Sheriff Joe Myers says they have seen more and more meth busts every year.
"Obviously we've had a lot of meth cases in recent years, over the past year especially.” Myers said. “You know meth is a big push of a drug. It seems like the drug of choice."
Myers says even though CVS and other stores have stopped selling these cold medicines, those who make meth will no doubt find other means to make it.
"Whatever we do, it’s not going to eliminate it,” Myers said. “It’s going to have them probably look at other avenues to go then we'll be dealing with that side of it. What CVS is doing, it’s a great thing, but if they don’t get it off of CVS, they’re still going to get it somewhere else."
Myers said stronger penalties to stop repeat offenders is what he believes would help curb the growth of meth labs is.
"As far as the epidemics, until we get stiffer penalties and stiffer laws in the state of Ohio, they’re going to require these people to stay in for an ‘x’ amount of time. Yes once they go through the process and the state believes they've met their criteria, most of the time most of those people are right back in with the same thing again."
Rite Aid already stopped selling single pseudoephedrine medicines. And Walgreens plans to do the same.
Law enforcement agencies caution, there are still over-the-counter medicines that can be used to make illegal drugs, so there is still work to be done.

CVS stops selling medicines that solely contain pseudoephedrine

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