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Meth lab seizures up 85% in 2013

Local - 1/27/2014 7:34 AM by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - Methamphetamine lab seizures in the Mountain State jumped 85% in 2013.

A state police report said authorities seized 533 meth labs.  That's compared to 288 in 2012.  The report said police found the labs in all but 10 of West Virginia's 55 counties. 

Wood County Delegate John Ellem said that meth labs frequently cause fires in his county, that's why he supported legislation that would require prescriptions for cold medications that contained pseudoephedrine, which was a key ingredient in the drug.

Cabell County Delegate Kelli Sobonya opposed such legislation.  She said that it won't reduce it's use or meth-related deaths.

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