St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has signed into law the bill creating the St. Louis County Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. County Council unanimously passed the bill, sponsored by Dr. Sam Page, on Tuesday night.
“Heroin is a deadly epidemic in our region,” County Executive Stenger said. “Four out of five heroin users begin with the abuse of prescription drugs. This program is an important step in fighting this public health crisis.”
The St. Louis County Department of Public Health will immediately begin work on data flow, cyber security and quality assurance for the database. The process should take about 180 days, including the design, implementation and training for all pharmacists.
“We are attacking the heroin epidemic from many angles,” County Executive Stenger said. “In addition to our PDMP program, we are training and equipping our officers with Narcan, which reverses the effects of opioids. And we are also devoting police and county resources toward educating the public about the dangers of these substances.”