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Voice of the people

Dec. 08, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Cold medicine proposal would punish law-abiding

I have been following the debate about making cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine available only with a doctor's prescription and I also attended the recent town hall meeting hosted by the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership in Milton. Making cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine available only with a doctor's prescription isn't a magic-bullet policy that will solve our state's drug abuse problems.

Oregon tried this law in 2006 and while meth labs decreased, deaths from overdoses increased as the dealers were able to get a higher grade of meth from surrounding states and the Mexican cartels.

It seems to me we're penalizing law-abiding citizens instead of punishing the producers and drug dealers, and many of the offenders serve little jail time. I don't believe we should make honest, hard-working citizens go to a doctor every time they need to buy cold and allergy medicine containing pseudoephedrine.

I will not support limiting the freedoms and liberties of 99 percent because 1 percent of the population is irresponsible. Those who follow the law shouldn't have to shoulder the expense of a doctor visit every time they are congested or sick.

I believe our lawmakers are doing the right thing by addressing the issues of drug abuse and addiction, however we need more public policy proposals that will actually address the issues directly.

Dale Anderson II

House of Delegates candidate

Huntington

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