On April 13, State Senators passed legislation in Missouri to adopt a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), which is meant to help address the growing opioid epidemic. The bill would create a database doctors and pharmacists could check to see if patients have recently filled or been prescribed addictive medications. It passed the Senate 22-9.
The goal is to help physicians prevent addiction or identify signs of misuse in order to better treat patients. Programs in other states have been used to cut back on doctor shopping, when people go from doctor to doctor in search of more painkillers and other drugs.