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St. Louis aldermen considering prescription drug monitoring program

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Steps are in place for the St. Louis Board of Alderman to help fight drug addiction by considering new legislation.

The  legislation would establish a prescription drug monitoring program. Missouri is the only state in the United States without one.

Supporters want state lawmakers in Jefferson City to know that since they won't pass this at the state level, they’ll do it on their own.

St. Louis County got the ball rolling on this earlier this year when County Executive Steve Stenger announced St. Louis County would be establishing its own prescription drug monitoring program or PDMP

St. Charles County officials have explored the idea as well. For 12 years, lawmakers in Jefferson City have debated, but never passed a PDMP.

Those opposed to it say it's a privacy issue.

Chad Sabora with the Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery disagrees.

“This won't be intrusion on privacy because if you get your prescriptions filled at national chain it's already on the federal registry. So all those buzz words that scare us like privacy and this and that, they're already in the database,” Sabora said. “Nothing is going to change except we can count down on the people getting multiple prescriptions filled to sell them on the streets.”

Sabora says something like this is crucial in the fight against heroin. He says he believes there will be something of a domino effect and other cities and counties across Missouri will start their own PDMP's as well.

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