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Gov. Greitens signs executive order to establish drug monitoring program

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ST. LOUIS (AP/KMOV.com) - Missouri is no longer the only state without a prescription drug monitoring program.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens on Monday signed an executive order establishing a drug monitoring program that will focus on those prescribing the drugs and filling the prescriptions.

The announcement was made at Express Scripts, a suburban St. Louis based pharmaceutical provider. The company will be a private-sector partner in the state program.

Greitens says the state's approach could potentially become a national model.

Missouri lawmakers for years have considered a drug monitoring program to combat doctor shopping and prescription opioid addiction. But efforts have until now failed, largely because of privacy concerns about keeping medical information in a database.

Following Gov. Greitens' announcement, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger released the following statement:

The Governor's announcement serves as a reminder that, when legislators in Jefferson City proved unable to pass a prescription drug monitoring program, St. Louis County confronted the crisis head-on. In 2016, we established Missouri’s first PDMP to battle opioid abuse and soaring overdose deaths.

Since then, other counties, representing 58 percent of Missouri’s population, have joined St. Louis County’s fully functional PDMP. And more counties are joining our program every day. In the meantime, we will continue to operate our successful program with the hope that whatever the governor proposes does nothing to hinder our progress.

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