Years of persistent failure to address West Virginia's meth problem don't seem to have swayed the opinions of several of our elected officials who seem intent on forging further down a path that has so far led only to disappointment.
Their most recent proposal focuses on restricting the freedoms of honest individuals in order to curtail the illegal actions of a small group of criminals. It is the very premise of this type of policy that guarantees its failure - punishing the innocent for the crimes of the guilty is both unfair and ineffective.
Governments have long struggled to find balanced solutions to complex social problems. Drug abuse is a typical case study in this struggle. With regard to meth, some people believe that by requiring a prescription for popular cold and allergy medicine containing pseudoephedrine, they can eliminate methamphetamine.
Problem is, making a medicine require a prescription does not prevent its abuse. Just look at West Virginia's prescription drug abuse problem - one of the worst in the country.
State officials need to go back to the drawing board to find a new approach to this problem. Honest residents of West Virginia should not have to suffer for crimes they did not commit.