We’d like to share some interesting news today regarding Missouri, our country’s only remaining state without a prescription monitoring program. On December 1, 2016, the Kansas City, Missouri City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that will implement a prescription monitoring program (PMP) at the municipal level.
Because the Missouri Legislature has been unable to pass statewide PMP legislation, county and city governments have taken the effort into their own hands, and begun to pass local ordinances to set up PMPs in their jurisdictions. St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis initiated this effort, and other counties and cities have also joined the effort.
Many health care advocates pushed for this ordinance to be adopted, including Bob Twillman, Executive Director of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management. Dr. Twillman is Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Kansas Prescription Monitoring Program, and has been an advisor on the topic of prescription monitoring program policy to a number of organizations, including National Association for Model State Drug Laws and American Cancer Society. Twillman says,
“This is a unique and important step forward for Missouri in efforts to address a major public health challenge. This means that the two largest metro areas in Missouri are now going to be participating, along with a number of other counties. We’ll be watching this closely in the coming months.”