drug monitoring

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House members have given initial approval to a prescription drug monitoring program.

Lawmakers debated the legislation Tuesday after House leadership spent about three weeks trying to smooth over disagreements between Republicans. It was approved 91-68.

A monitoring system is aimed at informing doctors and pharmacists when similar prescriptions were recently written or filed. Bill sponsor Rep. Holly Rehder said that system would help get painkillers off the street and decrease opiate overdoses.

Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Two bills that would create a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri received a hearing today before a State Senate committee.