At the present time, Missouri is the only state in the U.S. that does not support a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). This program helps medical professionals monitor and track prescription drugs not only within the state but across the nation. The rates of drug overdose deaths, due primarily to prescription pain killers, increased dramatically between 1990 and 2007. The PDMP is actually a database that helps track prescriptions and prevent dangerous drug interactions. It can also be used to intervene in the early stages of prescription drug abuse. Research supports the effectiveness of PDMPs, and R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy, has been urging the Missouri legislature to enact laws supporting a prescription drug monitoring program.
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