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March 3, 2017JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. |  By: AP

Missouri House to consider bill for prescription drug monitoring

The Missouri Senate has passed a bill to create a statewide prescription drug tracking program. Senators voted 20-13 yesterday in favor of creating a database to track when prescriptions for controlled substances are written and filled. The goal is to prevent so-called doctor shopping, when people go to multiple doctors to get prescriptions for opioid drugs and painkillers.

Missouri is the only state without a drug monitoring program. The bill now moving to the House was proposed by a longtime critic of such programs, Republican Sen. Rob Schaaf, who says his version has protections to address privacy concerns.

The version passed by the Senate could cost more than $6.5 million in fiscal year 2018. Schaaf says he's working on changes to make it less expensive.