WEST Virginia leads the nation in prescription drug abuse and the drug overdose deaths that are its companion. The abuse of legal painkillers kills far more people than illegal drugs in the state.
Pharmacists in the Northern Panhandle are fighting back, Shelley Hanson of the Wheeling Intelligencer reported.
Drug stores are boosting security and surveillance, and the more than 100 members of the Ohio-Marshall Pharmacist Association are improving their training. It is similar to the training police officers
receive, according to Jason Turner, past president of the group.
"By the time you reach the front counter, you've been on camera six to eight times," Turner said.
"Security and surveillance systems really play key roles in identifying individuals when they enter stores."
Pharmacists elsewhere in the state should watch this development closely.
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DELEGATE Larry Kump, R-Berkeley, wants the Division of Highways to slow down on the road to higher taxes.
"Let's not rush to surrender to an anxious clamor for increased taxes and spending, while merely giving lip service to vigorously investigating ways to reform our current practices and procedures," he said.
Kump pointed to the governor's blue ribbon panel on highway funding.
"Their assignment should be to come up with a matrix of what is absolutely necessary for reasonably safe highway transportation, as opposed to what would be nice but just too much champagne for our beer budget," he said.
Beer? Many West Virginians have trouble paying for coffee these days.