ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) – The St. Charles County Council meets tonight to address a proposed prescription drug monitoring program.

Such a program helps prevent “doctor shopping” where an individual visits multiple doctors hoping to obtain multiple prescription for drugs that would otherwise be illegal. Those prescribing and dispensing prescription drugs would become registered users of a new database system.

The proposed Prescription Drug Monitoring Program for St. Charles County would be run by the county’s Department of Public Health.

St. Louis County and St. Louis City have already signed prescription drug monitoring programs into law.  Now, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlman says its time for the county to join others in addressing the crisis of opioid addiction that America is facing.

A recent study showed that prescription drug overdose deaths exceed overdose deaths from heroin and cocaine combined.

Missouri is the only state in the nation without a statewide Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

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