St. Charles County approves prescription drug monitoring program

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) - St. Charles County took a historic step in fighting drug abuse when it passed an ordinance to establish a prescription drug monitoring program. The ordinance includes all municipalities in the County.

“Prescription drug abuse and misuse is dangerous to the health, safety and welfare of our County’s residents. The resulting addiction often leads to the use of heroin," said County Executive Steve Ehlmann.

Missouri is the only state to not have a statewide PDMP. According to Councilman Joe Brazil, St. Charles County is very concerned about the heroin epidemic. They are doing anything and everything in their power to get a hold on this situation. "Having a drug monitoring program is only one part of the solution, but it is a huge step," said Brazil.

The County’s Department of Public Health will oversee the program.

Those prescribing and dispensing prescription drugs will become registered users of the new system and will be required to provide information to the Department of Public Health. This procedure could prevent “doctor shopping,” the practice of visiting multiple physicians to obtain multiple prescriptions for otherwise illegal drugs.

The St. Charles County information will be added to an electronic database with information from St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis.