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New law helping combat meth problem in Southwest Virginia

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ROANOKE -

Despite the growing meth problem in Southwest Virginia, one local lawmaker says the Commonwealth is taking steps to fight it.

State Senator John Edwards (D-Roanoke) supported a law now in place to monitor how much common, over the counter medications are sold to individuals, specifically ephedrine.

It's one of the key ingredients used to manufacture meth.

The law has now been in place for a little more than a year.

Edwards said it's too early to say if it's effective, but he thinks it's a good compromise.

"Let's see how it works, it should work," he said. "It's a program the pharmacists and law enforcement agreed to so let's see. I'm hopeful it will help a lot."

Police in the Roanoke and New River valleys said they've seen a spike in meth labs over the last two to three years.

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