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Many cold meds could go prescription-only as West Virginia aims to block meth-making

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill to make drugs used in the production of methamphetamine available only by prescription.

The bill would make pseudoephedrines a Schedule IV prescription drug and exempt medicines that can't easily be converted to meth.

The bill was advanced to third reading Monday after two unsuccessful attempts to amend it.

Sen. Evan Jenkins submitted one of the amendments. He proposed allowing individuals to carry up to a week's supply without a prescription. As the bill stands, Jenkins said tourists from other states who purchased Sudafed over-the-counter legally and carried it into West Virginia could be convicted of a misdemeanor.

Only Oregon and Mississippi have passed similar laws.

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