W.Va. officials question effectiveness of meth law - WVVA TV Bluefield Beckley WV News, Weather and Sports

W.Va. officials question effectiveness of meth law

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Retailers are singing the praises of a new law cracking down on the sale of key ingredients for making meth. But some state officials aren't convinced it's very effective.

The West Virginia Retailers Association says the 6-month-old, real-time tracking system stopped the sale of nearly 10,000 boxes of pseudoephedrine.

But Mike Goff of the state Board of Pharmacy tells the Charleston Daily Mail that's only about 3 percent of total sales.

The former state trooper says West Virginia stores sold more than 236,000 boxes between January and June.

He says the goal should be to stop sales, not just track them.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Mike Rutherford says Kanawha County has had a record number of meth lab busts this year -- none resulting from the National Precursor Log Exchange.

Powered by Frankly