W.Va. Passes Bill Tightening Limits on Purchases of Cold Medicines

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia will tighten limits on cold remedy purchases in the battle against methamphetamine labs.

These products contain pseudoephedrine, which can be used to make the illegal drug. Legislation passed Saturday would prevent individuals from buying more than 48 grams of -pseudoephedrine in one year.

The Senate unanimously approved the final version after the House of Delegates passed it 80-8.

The bill would also cap purchases at 3.6 grams per day and 7.2 grams per month. It also endorses a multistate tracking system for these sales.

These provisions are part of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's legislation targeting various forms of substance abuse. The bill also steps up scrutiny of pain drug prescriptions and clinics that dispense them. It increases oversight of methadone treatment centers.

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