St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is pleased to announce Jackson County, the state’s second-largest county, has signed a user agreement to join the County’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) database.
The County Executive will sign the contract signing finalizing this arrangement at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24 at the St. Louis County Department of Health in Berkeley. Jackson County Health Department officials will be on hand for the signing and Jackson County Executive Frank White is scheduled to participate in the ceremony via Skype.
“Heroin is a deadly epidemic in our region and throughout the state,” St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said. “Many users begin with prescription drugs. I commend Jackson County Executive Frank White and the County Legislators for partnering with us to combat to the rapidly growing opioid and heroin abuse in our state.”
“Jackson County is proud to partner with St. Louis County in establishing a prescription drug monitoring program that will support coordinated care, better pain management, and the fight against opioid abuse,” Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. said. “Working with the Jackson County Legislature, my administration has taken action on this important issue.”
A 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.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, four out of five heroin users moved to heroin after using prescription drugs. Over the past seven years, more than 2,700 St. Louis area residents have died from a heroin or opioid-related overdose.
The Missouri legislature has considered PDMP legislation for the last 12 years, but has failed to pass it. Missouri is the only state in the country without a PDMP.
“When we passed PDMP in St. Louis County last year, I envisioned other jurisdictions statewide becoming our partners in this fight,” County Executive Stenger said. “Jackson County’s decision to join our PDMP is a big step in fighting this public health crisis.” St. Louis County’s PDMP will be operational in April.
Who: St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger,
Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. (via Skype)
Jaime Rogers, Chief of Jackson County Health Services.
What: Contract Signing to Join PDMP
6121 North Hanley Road, Berkeley, MO 63134
When: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.