In Greenbrier County, NPLEx has blocked the sale of 131 boxes of pseudoephedrine since January -- about 3 percent of the 4,300 boxes sold.
"[NPLEx] is necessary, but it's not sufficient to deal with the problem," Manchester said.
Manchester said meth addicts who live outside Lewisburg's city limits come to town to buy meth-making supplies and cook the illegal drug.
The city has 12 police officers, and meth lab busts "take up a lot of resources and time . . . " the mayor said Wednesday.
"No one is spared from this, from small towns to large cities to rural areas of the state," Manchester said.
The city's resolution cites two states -- Oregon and Mississippi -- that have passed laws that make pseudoephedrine prescription-only.
In Oregon, meth lab incidents dropped from 501 to 11, just a year after the prescription law passed in 2006. In Mississippi, meth-related arrests fell 62 percent and meth lab seizures declined by 67 percent following passage of a similar law in 2010.
"Oregon and Mississippi have adopted an approach that dramatically reduces the manufacture of methamphetamine by requiring a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine," according to the resolution.
In West Virginia, pharmacies keep the nasal decongestant and allergy medication behind the counter. Customers must show an ID to purchase pseudoephedrine.
Lewisburg's resolution also notes that medications containing pseudoephedrine were available only by prescription until 1976, the year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration waived the requirement.
Lewisburg council members approved the resolution by a unanimous vote on Aug. 20.
Earlier this year, House health committee Chairman Don Perdue asked Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to investigate how much pseudoephedrine is being diverted to manufacture meth in West Virginia. Perdue, D-Wayne, also asked Morrisey to take legal action against any companies that turn a blind eye to the problem.
Morrisey, who lobbied for a drug distributor trade association before taking office in January, won't say if he will take up Perdue's request. Morrisey's wife, Denise Henry, lobbies in Washington, D.C., for the nation's second-largest drug distributor.
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