Missouri is the only state in the US without a state-wide prescription drug monitoring program, or PDMP.

One representative wrote that such a law would go against Americans’ fourth amendment right to protection against unreasonable search and seizures.

Information on the drugs that people purchase is already being collected by various electronic means.

But since there’s no PDMP in place, this information can’t do a lot of good for law enforcement’s fight against opioid abuse.

Adair County Sheriff Robert T. Hardwick told me that a Missouri PDMP would give his agency the ability to use information that’s already being collected, in order to keep opioids out of the wrong hands.

“All [PDMP] is, is just adding another step to the same process that we already have. […] It’s already occurring. So we ju​​st want to track the opioids. Because that’s the dangerous drugs that’s out there now,” said Hardwick.

If you know of anyone who may be abusing prescription drugs, you are encouraged to contact your local law enforcement.

​B​y Associated Press​ | ​KTVO