Prescription drug addiction and fatal overdoses have become a public health crisis. Jackson County has now joined with St. Louis County and other local governments from Missouri to create a program to monitor prescription drugs in their jurisdictions.
Deaths from prescription drug overdoses have become a public health crisis in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To curb this epidemic, 49 states — all but Missouri — have established Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP).
While the Missouri Legislature has yet to create a statewide PDMP, Jackson County is joining other local governments from eastern and central Missouri to take action. They are establishing a program to monitor the dispensing of prescription drugs within their respective jurisdictions.
Tuesday — from opposite sides of the state — Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., and his counterpart from St. Louis County, Steve Stenger, signed the special PDMP agreement.
“Jackson County is proud to partner with St. Louis County in establishing a program that will support coordinated care, better pain management, and the fight against opioid abuse,” said County Executive White as he prepared to sign the official documents at the Truman Medical Center in Kansas City. “Working with the Jackson County Legislature, my administration has taken action on this important issue.”