West Virginia suffers one of the worst prescription drug abuse problems in the nation. Unscrupulous doctors set up pill mills that dispense prescriptions like candy.
And like the rest of the nation, West Virginia also suffers a crystal methamphetamine problem. Unlike Western states that import their meth from Mexican druglords, West Virginians prefer home brew.
This poses a myriad of problems ranging from fire when the labs explode to child abuse.
Police officials also call in hazmat crews to clean up the sites, which is expensive.
Like all drug problems, as long as demand is high, law enforcement faces an uphill climb.
But this does not stop legislators from concentrating on supply instead. For almost a decade lawmakers debated controlling an ingredient in crystal meth, pseudoephedrine, which also is an ingredient critical to some cold and allergy medicines such as Sudafed.
One side insists that requiring prescriptions to buy these over-the-counter drugs is the only way to stop crystal meth, ignoring the fact that pill mill doctors will simply add pseudoephedrine to their catalog.
The state has tried other measures that have worked.