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Cottleville approves development of county prescription drug monitoring program

Cottleville has joined St. Peters in supporting St. Charles County’s effort to develop a prescription drug monitoring [PDMP] program and urging the Missouri General Assembly to adopt a similar program statewide.

The city’s Board of Aldermen approved a resolution in support of the county PDMP at its Oct. 19 meeting. The resolution is similar to resolution the St. Peters Board of Aldermen adopted on Sept. 22.  St. Peters officials also agreed to send a copy of the resolution to the county’s 16 municipalities urging them to adopt similar resolutions.

Both resolutions state that the respective boards have determined “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 St. Charles County Council adopted a bill establishing a county PDMP at its Sept. 26 meeting. The county will work in cooperation with the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County, which are establishing PDMPs due to a lack of action on PDMPs by state legislators.

Missouri is the only state in the country without a database or system to track the sale of opiate-based prescriptions. Authorities say using opiate-based painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin can become addictive and lead users to heroin, which is stronger and cheaper. A PMDP is viewed as a means to track “doctor shoppers” who obtain prescription to abuse and sell the drugs.

State PDMP legislation has stalled in recent years because some legislators say there are privacy issues. St. Louis County government officials agreed this spring to creating a PDMP.  St. Louis followed suit and St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann announced in August that the county was pursuing a local PDMP after a lack of action during the last session of the Missouri General Assembly this spring.

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