Foster brought in two guests to speak on the state's methamphetamine problem.
The first was Melanda Adams, a former addict who started with a prescription drug addiction that turned into a meth addiction. She said the meth was more than she could handle.
"Once you're addicted you can't turn back," Adams said. "It's not like a light switch; it's like needing air to breathe.
"The only reason I changed was because I was de-toxed in jail, then I was saved and I went to a Christian rehab," she said.
Kanawha County pharmacist Christy Stewart said meth makers have learned how to game the current system and are able to get around the limitations for pseudoephedrine currently on the books.
She said people in her position don't have the ability to stop people from getting the overthe- counter drugs.
"We are on the front lines, we don't have the skills or equipment to deal with this epidem-ic," Stewart said. "You're putting everyone in a bind by not making it a prescription."
But lawmakers were unconvinced that would solve the state's meth problem.
Foster was able to negotiate approval of an amendment cutting the amount of the drug people can buy in a month to 3.6 grams. The current allowance is 7.5 grams.
"That's about three and a half boxes and this is now down to one and a half boxes, which should be enough for the legitimate person," Foster said.
He said it won't stop people accumulating the drug to make meth, but would make it harder. The Judiciary Committee approved the new amended version of Tomblin's bill Tuesday evening. It will now go to the full Senate for a vote, which should come early next week.