Missouri Governor Announces Drug Monitoring Plan

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ surprise announcement of a new prescription drug monitoring program is drawing skepticism from some on both sides of the debate.

The Republican governor signed an executive order Monday in St. Louis. Missouri had been the last state without a program tracking prescription drugs as part of the effort to curb opioid abuse.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says the Greitens program doesn’t go far enough because doctors and pharmacists won’t have access to the database. Democratic state Rep. Lauren Arthur of Kansas City was critical that lawmakers had no input.

Reaction from Republican lawmakers was mixed. State Rep. Kurt Bahr of St. Charles questions whether the governor has legal authority for the executive order. State Sen. Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit says he’ll support the program, as long it doesn’t track law-abiding citizens.

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