Give NPLEx a Chance In War Against Drugs

Editor, News-Register:

I was very interested in recent news stories about a new tool for law enforcement in the midst of the debate over prescription pseudoephedrine. The National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx), came online last January, yet has been under attack by several state officials since even before it was implemented. For those who claim to take the fight against meth seriously, this is bizarre. Shouldn’t these people be inclined to put their full weight behind a promising system before trashing it and demanding a new wave of questionable restrictions on law abiding citizens?

Instead of embracing a system that is described as an essential tool for law enforcement, certain leaders are uncompromising on an extreme policy option that would force all honest consumers to see a doctor and get a prescription before purchasing any medicine containing pseudoephedrine. Forget that law-abiding citizens would be penalized for crimes they didn’t commit, or that West Virginia suffers from the country’s worst prescription drug abuse problem, this policy is their “solution.” I don’t think it will help and believe we should enact laws that punish criminals and drug dealers instead of people who follow the rules.

Shelly Thomas