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Efforts to establish a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri are making a comeback this year. But there’s a twist: the main opponent of establishing such a program is now sponsoring legislation.

“I think it’s a severe intrusion of our liberty to have the government create a database that is accessible by thousands of people, if not tens of thousands of people, who would then have access to sensitive private information,” said Republican Senator Rob Schaaf, a physician in St. Joseph, Mo.

Newscast for May 3, 2012

May 3, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri Senator Roy Blunt addresses Missouri House.
  • Missouri Senator Rob Schaaf attempts to block legislation authorizing government database to track prescription drugs.
  • Columbia College breaks ground on $14 million science building Thursday.
  • Missouri lawmakers unlikely to pass legislation making I-70 a toll raod in 2012.
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A Missouri senator who is a family physician says he'll try to block legislation authorizing a government database to track drug prescriptions unless it is put to a statewide vote.

Republican Sen. Rob Schaaf, of St. Joseph, Mo., began Thursday's debate on the prescription monitoring legislation by vowing to filibuster until he gets his way about a referendum.

The Missouri House has passed legislation creating an electronic database to track prescription drug purchases. But the bill faces opposition in the Senate.

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