"I want them to explain what they've done to the people in our state," Carper said.
Carper also wants Attorney General Patrick Morrisey or his designee to serve on the task force. Since taking office in January, Morrisey has assigned five employees to examine the prescription drug-abuse problem in West Virginia.
House Health Committee Chairman Don Perdue, D-Wayne, has asked Morrisey to review how much pseudoephedrine is being diverted for illegal meth production in West Virginia. Morrisey, who formerly lobbied for a drug industry trade group, won't say if he'll investigate the problem.
In Kanawha County, police have shut down more than 100 meth labs since January -- a record number.
Carper said the commission has been forced to set aside about $200,000 a year to clean up the clandestine labs.
In January, West Virginia pharmacies started reporting pseudoephedrine sales to a statewide tracking system called NPLEx -- which Tomblin's substance-abuse bill mandated. The legislation also sets monthly and yearly pseudoephedrine purchase limits.
NPLEx has blocked about 3 percent of the drug's sales statewide this year.
Drug industry lobbyists say the tracking system is keeping pseudoephedrine out of the hands of meth-makers. However, Kanawha County law enforcement officers say NPLEx has not reduced meth lab busts as promised. Nor does NPLEx help them find the clandestine labs, police say.
"It was nothing but an industry dodge," Carper said.
The task force plans to hold an organizational meeting next week, Foster said. The group hasn't scheduled a date and time. Public hearings are expected to start the last week of September.
Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.