KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County is celebrating the award of two Bureau of Justice Assistance grants to further the work of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). St. Louis County received notice of the awards last week.
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October 3, 2017
Contact: Marshanna Hester
Jackson County celebrates two Bureau of Justice Assistance grants that benefit PDMP
“These grant awards are evidence of dedicated, collaborative work on behalf of many organizations and people, including U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt,” said Teesha Miller, Jackson County PDMP Director. “We are working together for the sake of our citizens.”
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, known as PDMPs, are electronic databases used to track the prescribing and dispensing of controlled prescription drugs to patients. A controlled drug is a drug whose use and distribution is tightly regulated due to its potential for abuse. Until recently, Missouri was the only state in the union without a statewide PDMP.
In the absence of statewide legislation, St. Louis County embarked on a grassroots effort to implement a PDMP. St. Louis County successfully passed an ordinance and invited other jurisdictions as subscribers. Jackson County, Kansas City, Independence and Clay County are subscribing jurisdictions.
“This is exciting news for Jackson County and I couldn’t be more pleased by the work we have accomplished through this vital, life-saving program,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “I’d like to thank St. Louis County for their partnership and Teesha Miller, who hit the ground running, speaking across the region and building relationships, to grow the PDMP and make it a success.”
PDMP operations began in April with 13 jurisdictions. It has now grown to 48. These grants open the opportunity for more jurisdictions across the state to authorize legislation to join the program.
The first grant will cover the costs for all current and future jurisdictions through September 2019 and allows for the hiring of an additional PDMP staff member. The second grant focuses on increasing regional collaboration and also includes hiring an additional staff member.
These grant awards are due, in part, to strong engagement and continued support of PDMP officials in Jackson County, Kansas City, Independence and Clay County. Each work collaboratively and collectively with partners in the region and across the state to address the opioid epidemic. Those partners include: Jackson County, Kansas City Health Department, Jackson County Health Department, Independence Health Department, St. Louis Health Department, First Call, Mid-America Regional Council, Regional Opioid Taskforce and many more.
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