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Missouri House of Representatives Approves Drug Monitoring Program

The Missouri House of Representatives sent legislation to the Missouri Senate, aiming to crack down on the abuse of prescription drugs. Missouri is currently the only state without a Drug Monitoring Program, but that may soon change.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The Missouri House of Representatives gave legislation the go-ahead to create the Drug Monitoring Program Act.

House Bill 1133 requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to create a program to monitor the prescribing and dispensing of certain drugs in the state.

"It's taking down the amount of abuse, it's helped doctors prescribe, it's helped pharmacists, it's helped the seniors that go into an emergency room and they can't remember what medicines they are on," said Rep. Kevin Engler.

The program is aimed at putting an end to what some call "doctor shopping."

That's where people get prescriptions from multiple physicians for personal use or, so they can sell it.

"We are not penalizing the people that are using the drugs for the right purpose that way, we are only penalizing people that have had multiple scripts that month and they can tell it instantly, that's who we are going after," said Rep. Engler.

The legislation does not contain a fiscal note.

Sponsors claim funding for the program would come from grants, gifts and donations.

But, not everyone supports this effort.

One former co-sponsor, of the legislation, says the proposal takes the government to a place it isn't wanted.

"I don't see black helicopters when I think of a database filled with prescription records from every law abiding citizen in the state, I see another government overreach intruding on the rights and privacy of me and my neighbors," said Rep. Keith Frederick.

Despite some disagreements, the bill passed with flying colors.

Lawmakers passed the drug monitoring program act with more than 100 yes votes.

The legislation now heads to the Missouri Senate for further consideration.

Missouri is currently the only state without a Drug Monitoring Program.

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