Kanawha County Leads the State in Meth Lab Seizures

Methamphetamine lab seizures jumped 85 percent in West Virginia in 2013. A West Virginia State Police report said authorities seized 533 meth labs last year, compared to 288 in 2012. The report said police found meth labs in 45 of West Virginia's 55 counties. Kanawha County led the state with 159 meth lab seizures, followed by 36 in Wood County and 28 in Putnam County. Wood County Del. John Ellem told the Charleston Gazette that he supports legislation that would require a prescription for cold medications containing pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in making meth. Cabell County Del. Kelli Sobonya opposes the legislation. She said it won't reduce meth use or meth deaths.