The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) was once again proposed in the Missouri House of Representatives and the Missouri Senate. Fortunately it failed. The main bill that went the farthest was HB90. The proponents claim that this program is needed to stop doctor shopping. What they don’t tell you is that in 2015, doctor shopping was responsible for only 2.3% of all misused prescriptions for pain medicine. 85% of the people who misused prescriptions for pain medicine got the prescription from one doctor or got it from a friend or relative who got it from one doctor. It also violates Article I, Section 15 of the Missouri Constitution because it is a mandatory, involuntary database. The ultimate goal is a national prescription database. These bills should never become law. Sen. Claire McCaskill sponsored an amendment in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act which allows local PDMPs to apply for federal grants. It has been adopted in St. Louis County, Jackson County (Kansas City), the city of Columbia and other cities and counties in Missouri.
*** LOCAL UPDATE ***
The PDMP was on the agenda at the June 6, 2017 Community Involvement Committee meeting. They plan to bring it to the City Council in July.
At the March 20, 2017 Springfield City Council meeting, the Council voted 7-1 (Kristi Fulnecky was the no vote) to adopt Council Bill No. 2017-069 which is a Resolution authorizing the Mayor to sign a letter of support for a grant application by the St. Louis County Health Department to the Department of Justice for consortium funding for a PDMP. Yes, your tax money is being used to fund this, but only for two years. Then the city will be on the hook for at least $16,000 per year. They still must pass an ordinance to put it into effect. Stay tuned.
The second attachment is my slide presentation with notes. PDMP Presentation