Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Possible in St. Charles Co.

Maria Keena (@kmoxmaria)

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) – St. Charles County could soon be joining St. Louis County and St. Louis city in establishing a prescription drug monitoring program.

Executive Steve Ehlmann tells KMOX they were waiting to see if Missouri’s legislature did something, and they haven’t.

“We waited for St. Louis County to get the thing set up to make sure it would work and to kind of get some idea what it was going to cost us,” Ehlmann says. “… We’re going to go ahead and use the same vendor that they do; we’re going to share information with them and we’ll basically have a system that includes at least three counties in the region.”

Ehlmann believes there will be efforts to get other cities to come on board. However, he says until the state legislature does something, if you keep the problem out of one county, it will just move to another.

The St. Charles County Council will take up the prescription drug monitoring program at the Sept. 12 meeting.

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