Could Over-the-Counter Drugs Be Shelved?

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

Nationwide, officials are struggling to crack down on methamphetamine, a highly addictive stimulant that can be brewed from decongestants and other common over the counter drugs.

At least 21 states are considering tight restrictions on access to the drugs you can buy at almost any convenience store like Sudafed, Nyquil, various Tylenol products, and hundreds of other cold, allergy, and sinus remedies that contain pseudoephedrine by limiting the number of purchases a customer can buy.

According to State's Attorney General Jerry Kilgore's Office, methamphetamine production and distribution is a growing problem throughout the Commonwealth.

In our area for 2002, there were nearly 200 arrests for the use of methamphetamines for juveniles and adults, but almost thirty percent of those arrests were for users age 18–25 years old. The attorney general's office has a voluntary preventive partnership in place with retail merchants to combat the meth problem.

Steps in the partnership include video training for workers, reporting of suspicious transactions, and limiting the quantity on shelves. Those steps may seem drastic, but are needed because kids in our area are using various drugs.

CBS 19's Venton Blandin spoke to a Albemarle County high school student who goes by the name "Joe,” who said he's used other over the counter drugs to get high.

"Man, I smoke weed and I used to do a little bit of coke. I could basically get anything I want anywhere. It's not really a good reason to get high, but we all do it to be popular,” Joe said.

And methamphetamine is becoming too popular in our area. If you know someone who'd like to get help with any type of drug abuse you can call Drug Rehabilitation in Charlottesville at (866) 762-3712.

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