Missouri’s Lack of Prescription Drug Database Opens Doors for Abuse
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri is the only state in the nation that has not agreed to set up a prescription drug database, which would be used to identify and track those who acquire excess painkiller or tranquilizer prescriptions.
Brian Henry with St. Louis-based Express Scripts said a recent study they conducted found that residents of Missouri’s eight neighboring states travel into Missouri to fill their prescriptions more often than Missourians fill theirs elsewhere.
“There were a number of people in Missouri who were purchasing prescription drugs here, and then basically exporting them to other states,” Henry says.
That’s why Express Scripts supports establishing a prescription drug database in Missouri.
“What we’re finding is because there’s a lack of a prescription drug monitoring program, it’s inviting people from neighboring states to come in, have their prescriptions filled—in some cases fraudulently—and then they’re taking them away to where they live,” Henry says.
There, he says, they are either being taken or sold to others.
“What we found is that Missouri is becoming a net exporter of prescription drug abuse,” he says.
Express Scripts believes state-level prescription drug monitoring programs are “an important tool in helping to identify potential abuse,” Henry says.
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