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Parson backs statewide prescription monitoring program



Gov. Mike Parson said Wednesday he hopes Missouri lawmakers will pass legislation to create a statewide database for monitoring prescription drugs.

The Republican governor met with St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, doctors and health officials to announce his support for a statewide monitoring program, giving new life to an effort that has sputtered in the legislature in years past.

The database aims to combat “doctor shopping,” or the practice of patients going to different physicians to get prescriptions for opioids that feed addictions.

Former Gov. Eric Greitens created a prescription monitoring program in 2017 through an executive order, but critics said it didn’t provide enough data on patients.

In the meantime, St. Louis County established its own database, and other local governments in the state have joined that.

Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, has been a vocal critic of a monitoring program, objecting to it mostly over privacy concerns. But Schaaf, a physician, will not serve in the legislature next year due to term limits.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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