Missouri Only State Without Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

3 years 4 months 2 weeks ago March 07, 2013 Mar 7, 2013 Thursday, March 07 2013 Thursday, March 07, 2013 2:54:00 PM CST in News
By: Allie Hinds

JEFFERSON CITY - A group of advocates met at the state capitol Thursday to testify in support of creating a statewide prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP).

Every other U.S. state has a PDMP. The program aims to stop "doctor shoppers," people who go from doctor to doctor trying to get prescriptions.

"They can then take those prescriptions to different pharmacies in the same area and get the scripts filled and end up with a large quantity of controlled substances to sell or abuse," Darran Alberty, a pharmacist at D and H Drugstore in Columbia said."I think we would all be very surprised of how common it is."

The program would include a database allowing doctors and pharmacists to have access to who uses prescription drugs in Missouri and what they use.

Right now, even if a pharmacist suspects the abuse of prescription drugs, there's no legal way to deny the drugs if the person has a prescription.

The bill was shot down in 2012, but advocates are trying to push for it again this year.

"Florida and several of the states swear by it. They say that they're able to track this drug use down and people don't try to go in and doctor shop and go to three or four different places," Rep. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, said.

Engler is sponsoring the House Bill 347 and Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, is sponsoring the companion Senate Bill 233.

Sen. Robert Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, said he doesn't think Missourians would pass the bill if it came to a vote.

"I believe that the voters of Missouri would reject this because most people don't want the government to have access to their very sensitive very private information," Schaff said.

The Centers for Disease Control recently named prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. Alberty said this doesn't surprise him.

"I've seen it right here," Alberty said. "This bill would be another tool that could help stop it."

More News

Grid
List
CLAYTON (AP) — St. Louis County prosecutors are seeking to increase the bond for a man accused of shooting a... More >>
14 minutes ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:23:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - After nearly two months of construction on the Business Loop exit off of I-70, the ramp is set... More >>
1 hour ago July 27, 2016 Jul 27, 2016 Wednesday, July 27 2016 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 2:41:05 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A man accused of sexual abuse in a pending civil lawsuit is suing Missouri Republican gubernatorial... More >>
8 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 7:48:43 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police have a new truck — an ice cream truck. Police on... More >>
10 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:16:23 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A southwest Missouri church whose members are from Micronesia says six of its members have been... More >>
10 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:11:49 PM CDT in News
CLAYTON (AP) — The Municipal League of Metropolitan St. Louis has filed suit challenging a requirement that the region's cities... More >>
10 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:09:39 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Opponents of a cigarette tax hike that would benefit early childhood programs have filed two new... More >>
10 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:06:13 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis has its first-ever chief resilience officer, a position created to help the city prepare... More >>
10 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:02:50 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri delegates to the Democratic National Convention got a surprise visit from Vermont Sen.... More >>
10 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:00:00 PM CDT in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY- Callaway County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 27-year-old Courtney Hutchason and referenced a vehicle theft. On July 4,... More >>
10 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 5:50:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon issued a statement regarding the Missouri Supreme Court’s ruling, upholding his veto of a... More >>
11 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 5:20:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A former bank vice president was sentenced Tuesday afternoon for leading a $4.1 million conspiracy to defraud the... More >>
11 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 4:49:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Weathertech Restoration, LLC and its owner, Eric Kroesen, agreed to settlement Monday after taking upfront payments for... More >>
12 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 4:30:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jon Patrick Washington was sentenced five years in federal prison without parole for injecting heroin into a... More >>
12 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 4:05:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Senate hopeful Jason Kander made a stop at Logboat Brewing Co. on the second day of his 50-stop... More >>
13 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 3:26:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY- The Jefferson City Police Department has cancelled an Endangered Person Advisory that was issued for Kelley L. Clark... More >>
13 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 3:14:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The NAACP hosted a candidate forum Tuesday night at the Second Baptist Church. The organization invited all... More >>
13 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 3:05:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The iconic Columbia pizza place Shakespeare's gave KOMU 8 News an inside look at its new building on... More >>
13 hours ago July 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016 Tuesday, July 26 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016 2:41:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 73°
5am 73°
6am 73°
7am 72°
8am 75°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

4:30a
KOMU 8 News Today
5:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
6:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
4:30a
Cheaters
5:00a
Paid Program
5:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
8:00p
The Night Shift
9:00p
NBC News Special: 2016 Democratic National Convention
7:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld