POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Earlier this week Fruth Pharmacy was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for Social Responsible Actions to Combat Meth Labs in the State of West Virginia.
“It is easy to think that one person cannot make a difference in the world today, but I still believe that individuals and companies can make a difference,” stated Lynne Fruth, Fruth Pharmacy president, in accepting the award. “I am proud that a small pharmacy chain like ours led the way to remove pseudoephedrine from all our stores.”
This year, West Virginia saw a reduction in meth labs.
About two years ago, Fruth Pharmacy partnered with Nexafed to provide cough and cold medications containing pseudoephedrine that have meth-making deterrent properties. If someone tries to use a Nexafed product to make meth – the product turns into an unusable gel.
“The response our company received was nothing short of amazing – our customers supported our decision and thanked us for taking such a bold step,” Fruth shared. “I heard from people all across the US after our decision was announced to stop carrying single ingredient pseudoephedrine products from our stores – what I learned from letters and e-mails was that meth affects all social and economic backgrounds. Many families were experiencing the nightmare of a loved one addicted to meth.”
In the next few weeks, Fruth will be speaking at a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. hosted by West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. Manchin and Fruth will be sharing with other states how West Virginia was able to attack the meth problem with responsible business actions and how their states can do the same.
“I would like to thank the committee for this recognition and look forward to working with other companies to continue to make West Virginia a better and safer place to live,” Fruth said.