The House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of it (77 to 23), but it died in the Senate on a tie vote (16-16).
Perdue says that during the votes, the House and Senate galleries were packed with West Virginia State Police and other law enforcement officers, who Perdue said overwhelmingly favor the legislation.
And why not, if it gets rid of the meth problem, which threatens not only the public, but the police officers who have to face the possibility of being burned or otherwise hurt when dealing with the highly toxic brew it takes to make crystal meth?
To defeat the legislation nationwide, the industry -- in the form of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association -- is spending millions on a public relations campaign.
"The robocalls were telling our constituents -- the legislation will take away our cold medication," Perdue said. "If you got the robocall, it would tell you to call your delegate."
"I didn't get but very few calls. When I got a call, the caller would say -- I don't understand what this is about, can you explain it to me? They didn't know what the robocall meant. They didn't like the idea of losing their cold medication. Every single person I explained it to agreed that putting it on prescription was the right thing to do."
"But by the time the vote got to the Senate, the industry was cranking up the robocalls, there were full page ads in the newspapers. They were all about how the state Legislature was going to take away people's cold medicines."
Last year, Big Pharma came up with a plan to derail any public support for the prescription legislation.
They successfully pushed a bill that would limit the amount of pseudoephedrine any one person could buy to 48 grams. The industry said it would supply a tracking system -- called the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx).
But NPLEx, which went into effect earlier this year, isn't working.
When meth heads hit their 48-gram limit, they hire "smurfs" to go out and buy more. And when the smurf hits his limit, they hire more smurfs.
And so Perdue says he's going to re-introduce his legislation next year.
Perdue admits that it's going to be an uphill battle. After all, industry profits are at stake.
I recently surveyed the 10 members of the House of Delegates from the Eastern Panhandle. Not one -- Democrat or Republican -- would come out in favor of such legislation.
Some, like my delegate, Larry Kump, says he voted against it and will vote against it again. Kump says it's just one more example of government intrusion into our lives.
Or to put it another way, Larry, law and order for pharmaceutical companies.
To save lives.Mokhiber, of Berkeley Springs, is editor of morgancountyusa.org.