Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’ recent announcement of his signature of an executive order directing the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to begin work creating a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Missouri is the last state in the country to create one, and Greitens likened the opioid crisis to a plague, noting that waiting was no longer an option.
The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program will utilize de-identified data from private sector partners to specifically target pill mills distributing prescription drugs at dangerous and unlawful levels. It will also enable the Department of Health and Senior Services to better inform doctors, nurses, pharmacists, other healthcare providers, and patients and their families about best practices in pain management to help decrease the over-prescription of opioids. Greitens also recently signed SB 501, which provides tools and programs to help fight opioid addiction in the state.
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