St. Charles County officials are considering adopting a prescription drug monitoring program to combat opiate abuse.
Officials are considering the idea because Missouri state lawmakers have not enacted a statewide database. Missouri is the only state without such a database and opponents have privacy concerns, saying the security could be problematic.
Many drug abuse experts believe putting in place a database would cut down on “doctor shopping,” in which addicts or dealers get prescriptions from several physicians.
St. Charles County told News 4 the county is doing research on the possibility of setting up a database and will have a better idea as to whether the program will become reality after the research is finished.
St. Louis County recently established a prescription drug monitoring program of its own.
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