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Missouri is the only state not monitoring prescription drug use
Monday - March 13, 2017 12:42 pm     A+ | a-

Link to articlehttps://www.statnews.com/2017/03/07/missouri-prescription-drug-database/

A long-running battle to establish a database to monitor for prescription drug abuse in Missouri — the only state without one — is about to hit a boiling point.

On one side is Republican state Senator Rob Schaaf, who once said that when people die of overdoses that “just removes them from the gene pool.”

Schaaf, who is a physician, has squashed legislation in the past six sessions to establish a prescription drug monitoring program, or PDMP. But sensing urgency that the legislation might pass this session, Schaaf introduced his own bill to set up a PDMP that’s unlike those in any other state — a proposal that medical experts have called a “sham.”

In a surprise move, the state Senate passed it in late February.

Now, the House is considering Schaaf’s proposal. At the same time, the Senate and House are both considering another bill, introduced by Representative Holly Rehder and Senator Dave Schatz, both Republicans. Their previous efforts have been filibustered by Schaaf.

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