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Stronger steps needed to combat meth

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Being a good corporate citizen often means putting people over profits. National pharmacy chain Rite Aid announced this week cold medications that have pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient are no longer being sold at their stores in West Virginia. Pseudoephedrine can be used to manufacture methamphetamine. This year alone, law enforcement agencies in West Virginia have seized 370 meth labs. Rite Aid has stepped up, and we encourage other retailers to follow their lead. Meth is destroying our communities in tragic and devastating ways. Police are overwhelmed and fighting a battle that's nearly impossible to win without others, including the business community, standing up and saying "enough is enough."

But this is only just a step in the right direction. 

Our elected leaders need to come together, put the special interests aside and craft a law that keeps this drug out of the hands of meth cooks. This state has been poisoned by this scourge for too long and those who have the power to do something about it have sat on their hands. Sadly, it's all too likely that we know someone battling a meth addiction. How many more have to suffer before we act? It's high time we put the people first.