ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri House Democrats are pushing to adopt a prescription drug monitoring program and a needle exchange as part of efforts to fight the opioid epidemic.

Democrats pitched the ideas as part of a broader package of bills dealing with opioid abuse. Other proposals include more required opioid training for doctors.

Republicans have a majority in both the state House and Senate, so few Democratic bills made it to Republican Gov. Eric Greitens’ desk during the last legislative session. But Rep.Gina Mitten, the House’s no. 2 Democrat, said addressing opioid misuse is a bipartisan issue.

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