New prescription drug monitoring program shows high opioid usage - KMOV.com

New prescription drug monitoring program shows high opioid usage

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Lincoln, St. Charles, and St. Louis County Health officials are getting a better idea how big the opioid prescription drug issue is by looking closely at the first data from the prescription drug monitoring program.

Lincoln County showed the highest opioid dispensation rate with nine prescriptions for every 10 residents.

St. Charles County ranked second among reporting counties in opioid prescriptions with a rate of seven prescriptions for every 10 people in the county.

St. Louis County was third with six prescriptions for every 10 residents.

Hope Woodson, St. Charles County Director of Public Health tells News 4 medical professionals in the county have been very receptive to taking part in the prescription drug monitoring program.

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