May 16 2017

St. Louis County Executive Announces Official Launch of PDMP


St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is pleased to announce that St. Louis County’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is operational. The program went online April 25th.

The prescription drug monitoring program creates an electronic database on opioid and other controlled substance prescriptions dispensed within a given jurisdiction. PDMPs help prevent an individual from receiving multiple prescriptions for the same opioids or controlled substances, making it more difficult for these drugs to be abused.

“Heroin is a deadly epidemic in our region,” County Executive Steve Stenger said. “Over the past eight years, more than 2,700 St. Louis area residents have died from a heroin or opioid-related overdose. A majority of heroin users begin with prescription drugs. Our PDMP is a big step in fighting this public health crisis.”

Pharmacies will be required to report controlled substances (Schedules II-IV) dispensed in St. Louis County to a central, safe and secure, password-protected database maintained by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. The database will be accessible to registered physicians and pharmacists.

Missouri is the only state in the nation without a statewide PDMP. Recognizing this deficiency, at County Executive Stenger’s urging, the St. Louis County Council enacted legislation last year authorizing creation of the County’s program. County health officials have worked steadily since then to develop and operationalize the first database in the state. Fourteen cities and counties across Missouri that joined St. Louis County’s PDMP are part of the initial rollout. An additional 8 counties will join in July. 48% of the state’s population and 70% of all providers have joined St. Louis County’s PDMP.

“Our staff has done an incredible job of getting the PDMP going and spreading the word to the medical community across the state,” said Dr. Faisal Khan, Director of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, “Over 1300 providers have registered and been approved to utilize the PDMP. We will be extremely busy over the next several weeks as those numbers grow and the program expands.”

The cities and counties that are part of the PDMP include: St. Louis City, Jackson County, St. Charles County, Ste. Genevieve County, Kansas City, City of Independence, City of Columbia, Jefferson City, Cole County , Lincoln County, and Stoddard County.

For more information on the St. Louis County PDMP including links to the registration guide and tutorial visit www.stlouisco.com/HealthandWellness/PDMP.
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