The result is that West Virginia now is second only to New Mexico in the number of drug-related deaths per 100,000 people.
The drug industry has pointed out that of the more than 5,000 drug-related deaths in the state since 2001, only about 40 are meth-related.
A cynic might suggest that the only result of requiring prescriptions for cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine would be to give oxycodone-peddling doctors a secondary revenue stream.
Not that the drug industry is so innocent.
The people who legally manufacture products that contain pseudoephedrine or oxycodone do benefit from the increased sales due to prescription drug abuse.
I suggest the pharmaceutical industry crack down — and the American Medical Association as well.
We know what pharmacies sell these products most, and we know what doctors prescribe oxycodones most. Medicaid, too, could better monitor the situation.
New Mexico and West Virginia not only are the top prescription-drug abuse states, but they also rank among the most chronically poor states.
My wife, who purchases the cold remedies in our household, said she would not mind needing a prescription to buy Sudafed — if the law works.
She does not think it will.
I learned 34 years ago that my wife is never wrong.
The meth mess is not the only problem the Legislature wants to solve simply by expanding the West Virginia Code.
Both Charleston newspapers support a ban on texting while driving.
I do not dissent.
But do we not already ban reckless driving?
My point is that I am not opposed to the existing laws or to adding new laws. I just think that should be the last step, not the first.