The Missouri House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would establish a prescription drug monitoring program to prevent doctor shopping by people abusing prescription drugs. HB 1892 is sponsored by Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston).
Missouri is the only state in the nation without a drug monitoring program and health care providers are observing more out-of-state drug abusers coming into Missouri to try to obtain prescriptions, especially pain medications. Missouri’s death rate from drug overdoses ranked the state in the top 20 of all states in 2014, according to a report issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
In a letter to state representatives, the Missouri Catholic Conference urged passage of the HB 1892, noting that doctors cannot make appropriate decisions about patients if they do not have an accurate picture of the drugs the person is using.