POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Lynne Fruth, president of Fruth Pharmacy, was honored for her company’s commitment to help prevent the sale of drugs used in the making of meth.
Fruth participated in the ‘Our Children, Our Future’ Policy Summit at the West Virginia State Capitol Building, where she was requested to discuss Fruth Pharmacy’s decision to remove single ingredient pseudoephedrine products from the 28-store chain. Pseudoephedrine is the main ingredient used in making meth. The summit took place Sept. 15.
Dr. Bradley Henry presented Fruth with a Certificate of Appreciation for socially responsible actions to combat meth labs in 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,” Fruth said. “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 a company called Nexafed, which has worked to create medications that have meth-making deterrent properties. If someone tries to use a Nexafed product to make meth, the product turns into an unusable gel.
Sen. Joe Manchin has actively taken up the cause of stopping meth production in West Virginia. He has contacted CEOs of major pharmacy chains and has encouraged them to follow Fruth Pharmacy’s suit in providing an alternative product that is ruined if someone tries to alter it into meth.
“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 said. “I heard from people all across the U.S. after our decision was announced to stop carrying single-ingredient pseudoephedrine products from our stores. What I learned from letters and emails 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 Manchin. He and Fruth will be sharing with other states how West Virginia was able to attack the meth problem with responsible business actions and how other states can do the same.
CVS, Walgreens and Rite-Aid spoke with Fruth and Manchin previously about the meth issue and have also taken steps to reduce their pseudoephedrine products.
“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.