Published by The Neighbor on April 22nd, 2019
By Brain Hauswirth
(Jefferson City) — Missouri’s senior senator addressed the opioid epidemic, rural broadband, the growing economy and a large Poplar Bluff manufacturer during a Wednesday address to the Missouri House in Jefferson City.
Senator Roy Blunt (R), who’s in his second Senate term, says the leading cause of accidental death in Missouri and the nation is drug overdose.
“I met with some firefighters the other day from Maryland Heights, they said they’re ten times as likely to respond to a drug overdose as a fire,” Blunt tells the House.
Maryland Heights is a St. Louis suburb, located near I-270.
Senator Blunt is calling on the state Legislature to approve prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) legislation. Missouri is the only state without a PDMP, which is an electronic database that collects data on controlled substance prescriptions within a state.
The House has approved PDMP legislation from State Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, by a 103-53 vote. The Senate PDMP version, which is sponsored by State Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, R-Parkville, has been approved by the Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee. Mr. Luetkemeyer’s bill is now on the Senate’s informal calendar.
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