* Allow repeat misdemeanor drug violators to be eligible for drug court referral.
* Make all drugs containing hydrocodone a Schedule II drug. Hydrocodone by itself is already Schedule II, but some medications that contain a mix of it and other components are currently Schedule III.
* Enact a provision mandating all newly marketed long-acting opioid drugs be available only in tamper-resistant form.
* Speed up the proactive data analysis and response component of the Controlled Substance Monitoring Program.
* Change state code to allow felony charges to be brought against individuals who have been convicted of three or more misdemeanors related to substance abuse.
* Mandate the Controlled Substance Monitoring Program send annual report cards to some drug prescribers.
* Increase funding for substance abuse prevention, early intervention, treatment, recovery and public education.
* Establish an anonymous tip line for the public to report health care providers who may be running pill mills.
The recommendations will be discussed at the Dec. 19 Kanawha County Commission meeting. Some, if not all, of the recommendations will be adopted into the commission's official legislative agenda for the 2014 session.
Some of the task force's recommendations had been previously released, like the proposal to make most pseudoephedrine-containing drugs prescription only, except for "tamper-resistant" forms. The Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Abuse has also endorsed that proposal.
The pharmaceutical industry already is fighting that idea.
An industry trade group, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, already has launched its "Stop Meth. Not Meds." campaign to attempt to thwart the prescription requirement. The campaign has been advertising in West Virginia in recent months.
According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control in August, only two states -- Oregon and Mississippi -- have enacted prescription-only laws for pseudoephedrine-containing medications. However, numerous other states have proposed similar laws in recent years.
The task force's report is available online at http://blogs.dailymail.com/cityhall.
Contact writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Mur...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.