Missouri is still the only state without a prescription drug monitoring program, but city officials could change that for Columbia.
Although bills to create a statewide prescription drug database have failed in the legislature the past two years, an ordinance being drafted by the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services in conjunction with the city’s legal team would allow Columbia to join an existing St. Louis County database. That encompasses monitoring schedule II-IV drugs, specifically opioid painkillers.
Mayor Brian Treece’s first public comment on the need for a prescription monitoring program came during a Sept. 6 council meeting. In his remarks at that meeting, he asked the city’s legal and health departments to draft an ordinance.
The council will review the ordinance in late March, Clardy said. He said the proposal will also be taken to the Boone County Commission, and the department has approached the city counselor about a county-wide ordinance. The counselor is currently reviewing statutory authority for the county to pass such an ordinance.
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