The St. Peters Board of Aldermen has passed a resolution supporting the St. Charles County’s efforts to set up a prescription drug monitoring program [PDMP] and urging the Missouri General Assembly to do the same statewide.
The board voted 7-0 with Alderman Rocky Reitmeyer [Ward 1] was absent at its Sept. 22 meeting.
The board also approved a motion by Alderman Patrick Barclay [Ward 4 ] urging the city to send a copy of the resolution to the county’s 16 municipalities for them “to follow suit” and consider adopting similar resolutions. The resolution also will be sent to the county’s state legislative delegation.
The city’s resolution states that the board “determines that it is in the interest of the general health, safety and welfare of the city to support the St. Charles County Council in adopting a prescription drug monitoring program and to urge the Missouri General Assembly to enact legislation to adopt a prescription drug monitoring program.”
The resolution came a few days before the council approved a bill establishing a county PDMP.
St. Peters aldermen on Aug. 25 agreed to direct its staff to draft a resolution that, on a first draft, was modeled after a resolution drafted this year by Kentucky legislators urging Missouri lawmakers to become the last state in the United States to implement a PDMP.
Alderman Jerry Hollingsworth [Ward 2] said in August that he would support co-sponsoring a resolution, but that he was frustrated at the inability of getting a PDMP established.
“I think a unified approach with the county sounds good. We’ve been talking about this for years and hundreds and thousands of kids are continuing to die from heroin overdoses,” Hollingsworth said. He said while a local resolution has no authority, local resolutions may prompt lawmakers and local government officials to “get off their duff and make something happen.”
The board approved the resolution after a presentation by Joe Richardson, who along with local musician Jeff Mozingo, is involved in an anti-drug education group called the Awaken Project. Richardson lost his son to a heroin overdose and he and Mozingo, also owner of Mozingo Music, have made presentations to more than 60 schools to wake students up to the realities of drug abuse.