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Aldermen will discuss implementing drug monitoring program

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

Drug abuse and its impact on families and communities is an ongoing concern for the city of St. Louis. It is a concern that is causing the Board of Aldermen to consider a new initiative. 

On Friday, the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen will consider implementing its own prescription drug monitoring program. The program stores and reports information about prescriptions and controlled substances. Critics say it infringes on a person's privacy. 

St. Louis County has a drug monitoring program. St. Charles County has talked about instituting one as well. While cities and counties may have their own drug monitoring program, the state of Missouri does not. In fact, Missouri is the only state in the country without one. 

On Friday, St. Louis will take up the issue; something lawmakers in Jefferson City have been debating about for 12 years without any change. Which is why municipalities are tackling this public safety issue head on. 

Chad Sabora, the co-founder of the Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery, said the monitoring program will not be an intrusion on privacy. He said prescriptions filled at a national pharmacy chain are already on a 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." 

News 4 will update the happenings from the Board of Alderman debate. 

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