Meth Making Drug Off Shelves

By: Laura Speakman
By: Laura Speakman

Johnny Garber's been the Timberville Drug Store's Pharmacist for more than 30 years. He's well aware of the meth problem plaguing the valley.
"You think this is a nice rural country and a nice place to grow up and everything but I think that's what the dealers realize that they think they can come in without having any chance of getting caught but I don't think that's necessarily the case because people are aware of the problem now," said Johnny Garber, Timberville Drug Store, Pharmacist.
That's why Johnny only keeps two boxes of drugs containing pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in Sudafed, on his shelves. The drug is in clear view of his employees. In Harrisonburg and Rockingham many of the smaller pharmacies have been putting smaller quantities of the drug on the shelf as well as having limits of how many people can purchase. But now the corporate pharmacies are jumping on the bandwagon by pulling them off of the shelves and sticking them behind the counter. Some of the pharmacists said this tracking policy has allowed them to report people, who've been running meth labs, to the authorities. Johnny says he's glad to see others do their part.
"To help avoid the problem that's the only answer right now," said Garber.
Johnny says unless all retail stores that carry Sudafed have policies in place, pharmacies should be the only place to get the drug.


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