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    Why is Missouri the last drug monitoring holdout?

    Pharmacists and legislators are calling for the creation of a prescription drug monitoring (PDMP)) program in the Missouri – the only state without such a program.

    Holly Rehder “We need it now. More people are becoming addicted in Missouri, more people are doctor-shopping, and there are more drugs on the street,” Rep. Holly Rehder (R-District 148) told Drug Topics.

    Recently, pharmacists gathered at the state capitol in support of legislation creating a PDMP.

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    "We are seeing an influx of patients who are seekers who are coming in from out of state to try to fill their prescriptions here in Missouri because they know we don't have a prescription drug monitoring program," Justin May, president of the Missouri Pharmacy Association, told reporters.

    "(The) prescription drug monitoring plan is important for Missouri pharmacists in the health of Missouri patients so we can review drug interactions and make sure that people are getting the appropriate medications,” he said.

    California adopted the first PDMP in 1939. In recent years, almost every other state has followed suit.

    Christine Blank
    Contributing Editor Christine Blank is a freelance writer based in Florida.

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    • SamPeter
      Opioid addiction is on the rise in the Missouri because addicts are flocking to the state for doctor shopping and to get the opioids. This trend is impacting local people and they are also getting addicted to the pills. It is high time when state needs to approve PDMP.