Missouri senator to drop opposition to prescription database

3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago April 04, 2017 Apr 4, 2017 Tuesday, April 04 2017 Tuesday, April 04, 2017 7:24:58 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri state Sen. Rob Schaaf said he will end his opposition to a proposal establishing a statewide prescription drug monitoring program.

Schaaf on Tuesday announced that he will support a plan to create a statewide database for doctors to track prescriptions of painkillers and other controlled substances after years of vehement opposition.

Missouri is currently the only state without such a database. That's in large part because of Schaaf, who once killed a prescription monitoring proposal by filibustering it for more than eight hours.

Schaaf said he changed his mind due to a groundswell of support for such a proposal from the public, health care providers and law enforcement officers.

He said he will support the proposal if lawmakers add a provision requiring doctors to use it.

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