The Missouri House of Representatives is set to consider Prescription Drug Monitoring Program legislation. Senator Holly Rehder’s bill passed out of the Missouri Senate two weeks ago. Missouri is currently the only state to not have a prescription drug monitoring program. Representative Cheri Toalson Reisch of Hallsville says she sees no reason to change that.
The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program allows physicians and pharmacists to track prescriptions. Toalson Reisch says the program wouldn’t do enough to solve the issues Missouri faces regarding drug overdoses.
Toalson Reisch has opposed previous iterations of proposed PDMP legislation in the state legislature. With time winding down in the 2021 Missouri Legislative session, Toalson Reisch says the passage of PDMP depends largely on House leadership.
Rehder, a Republican from Sikeston, had previously filed PDMP legislation during her eight-year stint in the Missouri House of Representatives. She is serving the first year of her four-year term in the Senate. Last year’s version of her bill passed through the House but stalled in the Senate.