Stenger promotes prescription drug monitoring legislation


St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger. (Photo by Roberto Rodriguez, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - St. Louis County could become Missouri’s first county to establish a prescription drug database, County Executive Steve Stenger said Tuesday.

County council member Dr. Sam Page will introduce legislation at Tuesday night’s county council meeting that would create a program to track prescription drug purchases in the county. Supporters, including Stenger, said the program will help combat prescription drug abuse by preventing someone from receiving multiple prescriptions for the same drug. That will help fight heroin abuse, supporters say, because prescription drug abusers often move on to heroin.

Stenger, whose nephew died from a heroin overdose, said this legislation is critical.

“This will truly save lives. And these are the lives of people we love. These are the people who are in our families; they’re our relatives. So I do truly believe that this will have a direct impact,” Stenger said. “And if this program were to save one life, it would be well worth it, but I think it will save many.”

Missouri is the only state in the country without a prescription drug monitoring program. Legislation has failed on the state level for 12 years.

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