Morrissey should look into meth, not abortion
In a recent editorial, the Gazette discussed the perils for all affected by the meth epidemic. Aside from the fact that the meth problem is out of control in West Virginia, two very troubling issues hit me hard. First, the failure of our Legislature to adequately address the problem because of the lobbying efforts of pharmaceutical companies that make huge profits by selling these drugs over the counter. And second, the failure of our Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, a former lobbyist for pharmaceutical companies, to commit to investigating how many cold remedy purchases go straight into meth-making.
It is certainly disheartening for me to realize just how arrogant some of our government officials are when they don't even bother to try to cover up the fact that their decisions are directly related to the contributors of their campaigns rather than to the health and welfare of the citizens of West Virginia.
The meth epidemic here is real, and real families are being hurt on a daily basis. But rather than use an approach like Mississippi, which caused a significant decrease in meth use there, our leaders chose an approach that guarantees pharmaceutical companies continue to make big profits and West Virginians continue to suffer from this destructive addiction.
In addition to pandering to the lobbying influence of Big Pharma, pandering to the neoconservative, religious right appears to be the political motivation behind Attorney General Morrisey's decision to investigate abortion providers. There have been no outstanding issues in these clinics, and both are licensed and follow the laws and regulations under which they are governed. There is no abortion epidemic in our state. There is a meth epidemic. Which should be the focus of our Attorney General's attention? Anyone who cares about the health of women, children, mothers, fathers, grandparents and families -- West Virginians -- should have no problem with that choice.
Elizabeth C. Scott
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