Ste Genevieve County will be the first county south of St Louis to join St Louis County, St Louis City, and St Charles County in participation of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
St. Louis County Executive, Steve Stenger said “I want to congratulate Ste. Genevieve County for adopting a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. I am proud that the St. Genevieve County Commissioners are standing with us in the fight to stem the epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and heroin addiction. Our efforts will save lives.”
The Ste Genevieve County Commissioners passed the ordinance at their regular meeting on November 17, 2016 after weeks of collaborative discussions with partners in the community. All health care providers, pharmacies, hospital, health department, and law enforcement are in support of this program. Missouri is the only state in the nation that does not have legislation for a statewide prescription drug monitoring program.
Sam Page, MD, St. Louis County Councilman, “We are pleased that Ste. Genevieve County has joined collaborative efforts to address opioid abuse and addiction. This is clearly a public health priority for St. Genevieve county elected officials.”
The benefits of a prescription drug monitoring program as a tool used by states to address prescription drug abuse, addiction and diversion serve several purposes such as:
- support access to legitimate medical use of controlled substances,
- identify and deter or prevent drug abuse and diversion,
- facilitate and encourage the identification, intervention with and treatment of persons addicted to prescription drugs,
- monitor trends of use and abuse,
- educate individuals about the use, abuse and diversion of and addiction to prescription drugs.
The Ste Genevieve County Commissioners stated they are satisfied with this partnership, and want to support people getting the help they need.
Data collection will begin in January and be collected for about two months. The program is expected to go live in March of 2017.