Missouri’s lack of prescription drug database draws scrutiny

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Missouri is now the sole state in the U.S. that does not keep a prescription drug database — a key tool used to help identify those acquiring fraudulent prescriptions for painkillers. Not having this database has hindered Missouri’s ability to combat prescription drug abuse and has also attracted people from neighboring states who are looking to stockpile the addictive painkillers and tranquilizers, the New York Times reports.

Among those who are pushing for Missouri to create such a database are state medical associations, Congress members from neighboring states and St. Louis-based Mallinckrodt, which manufacturers oxycodone. The measure has been blocked in the state by a small group of legislators.

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