There were a record-breaking 70,237 drug overdose deaths in 2017 and opioids were involved in 67.8% of them, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Interfaith clergy are taking a stand to address the opioid crisis in Missouri.

Wednesday, the group of clergy representing several different religions gathered to support legislation establishing a statewide prescription drug monitoring program.

They are urging the Missouri Senate to pass the bill before the session ends on Friday.

Missouri is the only state without a statewide prescription drug monitoring program.

In recent years, St. Charles County and St. Louis County started their own programs.

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