House Approves Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

After more than four hours of debate on Wednesday, the House gave preliminary approval by a vote of 110-43 to a statewide prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston), sponsor of HB 188, told the legislative body that a PDMP would save lives by helping to stop addiction to opioid drugs. Missouri is the only state in the nation that does not have a statewide PDMP.

This is the seventh year that this proposal has been debated in the legislature. Opponents argued that there is no proof that the bill will stop illegal prescriptions. Many also had concerns with the government having a database containing prescriptions that law-abiding citizens can receive.

Because Missouri lacks a statewide PDMP, counties have begun setting up their own monitoring programs. Rep. Rehder noted, however, that only 67 of the 114 counties have set up their own systems. Former Gov. Eric Grietens had also issued an executive order calling for his own version of a monitoring program, but it failed to provide a comprehensive approach.

If the House gives final approval to the bill, it will send the measure over to the Senate where it faces an uncertain future. On Wednesday, the Senate version of the PDMP failed to win enough votes in committee to make it to the full chamber for a vote. That bill (SB 155) now sits in limbo awaiting further negotiations.

February 11, 2019 - 8:22am
Categories: 

Latest Posts

2020 Legislative Session Begins

Missouri lawmakers returned to Jefferson City on Wednesday to begin the second session of the 100 th General Assembly. To date, over 1200...Read more

U.S. Bishops Call for Peace in the Middle East

Archbishop Jose Gomez, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), along with Bishop David Malloy, chairman of the USCCB's Committee...Read more

After Parson Consents to Refugee Resettlement in MO, USCCB Celebrates Migration Week

Last week we reported on Governor Parson's decision to continue refugee resettlement in Missouri . And on Friday afternoon, we sent...Read more

Subscribe to Blog
  •  
  • 1 of 117