Kudos to the Charleston Daily Mail for providing an in-depth look at a helpful new tool for law enforcement in the midst of the debate over prescription pseudoephedrine ("System helps in meth cook detection," Oct. 21).
The tracking system that the article refers to, known as the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx), came online in January yet has been under attack by several state officials since even before it was implemented.
For those who claim to take the fight against meth seriously, this is bizarre. Shouldn't these people be inclined to put their full weight behind a promising system before trashing it and demanding a new wave of questionably effective restrictions on law-abiding citizens?
Alas, common sense seems to have missed the mark yet again. Instead of embracing a system that is described as an essential tool for law enforcement, certain West Virginia officials are going all-in on an extreme policy option that would force all honest consumers to see a doctor and get a prescription before purchasing any medicine containing pseudoephedrine.
Forget that law-abiding citizens would be penalized for crimes they didn't commit, or that West Virginia suffers from the country's worst prescription drug abuse problem, this policy is their "solution."
Consider me a skeptic.