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Ferns: Banned pseudoephedrine wouldn’t be tough to obtain

Updated: Monday, March 3 2014, 05:57 PM EST

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OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. -- Ohio County Delegate Ryan Ferns thinks a bill that would require any medicine with pseudoephedrine to be available by prescription only in West Virginia won’t be effective due to its availability across state lines.

Ferns said the purpose of the bill is to make it tough for drug addicts to buy products used to make meth, but because West Virginia would be the only state in the region with that type of law, it would be easily circumvented.

“My thought if someone is addicted to meth, they are simply just going to cross state lines in order to get these (products),” he said. “If West Virginia makes it a prescription-only, folks who are seeking out these types of drugs have a lot of options, considering half the counties in West Virginia are bordering another state.”

Many drug manufacturers are attempting to kill the bill, having come out with various advertisements. Many say long waits to see your doctor just for certain cold medicines is too excessive.

The bill has passed in the Senate but has not in the House, though it's been talked about for years.

“It hasn’t passed in the House yet so I believe it’s pending the judiciary committee in the House of Delegates so we’ll see about the progress of it on that side,” Ferns said.

Ferns added that some have been working on a system called National Precursor Log Exchange, or NPLEX.

“What NPLEX allows law enforcement to track real time purchasers of these drugs so they can actually stop folks who will seek out these drugs at multiple pharmacies and drug scores,” Ferns said.

Ferns: Banned pseudoephedrine wouldn’t be tough to obtain


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