Stevens and Lambert said NPLEx should be given a chance to work.
"We hope to see law enforcement agencies adequately using the system to apprehend abusers," said Stevens. "I'm not sure that's happening."
Kanawha County commissioners want to hear different perspectives on the county's battle with meth labs and prescription pain pill abuse, said county Engineer John Luoni, who's coordinating the 15-member task force.
"Hopefully, they'll look at different solutions based on historical data and the experiences of members of the task force," Luoni said. "I don't think anyone has said there's only on possible solution to this problem. We have a broad spectrum of people looking into this."
In addition to Foster, task force members who support requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine include representatives from the Kanawha County planning department, sheriff's office, school board, health department and prosecuting attorney's office. The state Board of Pharmacy, whose executive director will serve on the panel, also supports the prescription requirement.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has been asked to serve on the task force, but he hasn't responded to the invitation, Luoni said. Assistant Attorney General Maryclaire Akers is expected to take his place.
The panel also will examine the prescription drug abuse problem in Kanawha County. The group will hold hearings through the end of the year.
State lawmakers have twice introduced legislation -- in 2011 and 2012 -- to require a prescription for pseudoephedrine. But lawmakers rejected the bills, after drug industry representatives lobbied against the proposals.
The task force is expected to look at whether it's possible to pass a county health ordinance to make pseudoephedrine prescription-only. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's substance-abuse bill, signed into law in 2012, includes language that would seem to block cities and counties from passing local ordinances that restrict pseudoephedrine sales at local pharmacies.
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