After about two years of work, Missouri’s prescription drug monitoring program has officially been activated.

The database is designed to crack down on the misuse of addictive painkillers, such as opioids.

Pharmacies are now required to submit information to the program when they distribute certain drugs to Missouri patients. It makes dispensation information available to prescribers, pharmacists, and health care providers.

Missouri was the last state in the nation to adopt the online database.

Sen. Holly Thompson Rehder, R-Sikeston, worked for about ten years to get a bill passed to create the statewide system. After the passage of Senate Bill 63, the Missouri Joint Oversight Task Force for Prescription Drug Monitoring was created to oversee the collection and use of patient dispensation information submitted to Missouri’s program.

Previously, 75 jurisdictions within Missouri opted to provide controlled substance information to the system operated within the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. With the transition to the state’s database, the St. Louis County program will dissolve operations.

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