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House members are advancing a bill to make Missouri the last state to adopt a database to track addictive prescription drugs but the measure still has a long way to go.

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Missouri's biggest cities and counties have banded together to track the prescription and sale of opioids.

St. Louis County, the city of St. Louis and several other counties have their own prescription drug monitoring program set to go online next month.

Missouri is the only state without such a system, thanks largely to the efforts of a Republican state senator who has concerns about patient privacy and the potential for health records to be hacked.

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.

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