After years of trying, Senator Holly Rehder of Sikeston’s proposed legislation to establish a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Missouri has been approved. The Missouri House of Representatives gave final approval to the legislation last week by a vote of 96-64. Representative Peggy McGaugh of Carrollton was among those who voted in favor of the bill.
The electronic database would collect information about controlled substance prescriptions to monitor potential cases of drug misuse. A local version of PDMP from St. Louis County does currently cover roughly 80 percent of the state. McGaugh says she’s uncertain how the state program would affect the local version.
Missouri is the last state to adopt PDMP. Senator Rehder had proposed PDMP legislation since 2012 when she was a representative.