Missouri drug monitoring program progressing

Development of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Missouri is advancing.

Lawmakers passed legislation last year to create a PDMP in the state.

At that time, Missouri became the last of the states to establish a PDMP program. The passage was met with support from voters who see it as a way to curb the high number of overdoses that have occurred in the state during the past decade.

However, opponents to the law say it infringes on people’s privacy and sought to overturn it this past legislative session.

The Missouri law is intended to allow physicians, pharmacists and an oversight board to see prescription records for patients, with a goal of ending abusers from “doctor shopping” – obtaining multiple prescriptions from multiple doctors.

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