Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, plans to pre-file a bill that would put Missouri on par with the rest of the country in its monitoring of who buys opiate pain relievers and other potentially addictive prescription drugs.
Missouri is the only state that doesn’t keep such a database. Other states use the programs to cut down on drug dealers going from doctor to doctor to get multiple prescriptions for the same drug.
Under Rehder’s bill, which is identical to one that was passed by the House but died in the Senate last session, the database would be established by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. No public money would be used.