Winchester, Tenn., Police Chief Dennis Young told the committee that his city passed an ordinance that required a prescription for pseudoephedrine - sold under brand names such as Claritin-D and Sudafed.
Since May, the number of meth labs has dropped by 70 percent, Young said. Pharmacists and people who use pseudoephedrine for medical reasons haven't complained about the new requirement, he said.
"It has been a wonderful success," Young said.
State lawmakers have twice introduced legislation - in 2011 and 2012 - to make pseudoephedrine prescription-only. But legislators rejected the bills after drug industry representatives and retailers lobbied against the proposals.
Members of the House and Senate have announced plans to introduce similar bills during the upcoming legislative session, which starts in January.
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, a Washington, D.C.-based trade group, has said it would oppose requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine and lowering purchase limits for the drug.
The WV Intervention on Meth Committee next meets Oct. 23 at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.
A separate Kanawha County task force also is examining the area's meth problem.
Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.