Missouri, Only State Without Prescription Drug Monitoring, Rejects the Idea Again

May 16, 2017 AT 12:10 PM

After months of debate, Missouri remains the only state in the country without a prescription drug monitoring program.

Chances dwindled Tuesday when the legislation’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Holly Rehder of Sikeston, asked to set it aside rather than take a vote on a significantly amended version that would have threatened existing county monitoring systems.

Rehder on Thursday requested a conference with the Senate to try to reach a compromise. But nothing came of it, and when the session ended Friday, the bill was dead for another year.

“We came closer this year than we ever have,” Rehder said in a statement to a Cape Girardeau TV station. “(Two) people overdose every day in MO. I’m not going to give up.”

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