St. Louis County on Tuesday became the first jurisdiction in Missouri to enact a program for monitoring the sale of prescription drugs.
The measure, designed to stop individuals from purchasing prescriptions at multiple pharmacies, targets abuse of the opioids that experts often cite as a precursor to heroin use.
The move by St. Louis County came on the same day that the Missouri House of Representatives gave initial approval to a bill that would establish a similar database for the entire state.
However, that legislation is expected to die in the Senate, which would leave Missouri as the only state in the U.S. without a program to monitor the sale of prescription medication.
Plans in St. Louis County call for pharmacies there to register for a database within 180 days. The county estimates initial costs of $100,000 for the program.