Pill Database for Missouri
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Missouri is the only state left without an official monitoring database for prescription pills. Without a database, it is nearly impossible for doctors to monitor substance abuse with painkillers and naturally addictive substances. It also means that susceptible patients may be prescribed conflicting medications, which can be deadly. This issue actively fills rehabs, prisons, and funeral homes in Missouri to the brim each year.
Eric Greitens, Governor of Missouri, started his own database in December of 2017. However, it does not provide all of Missouri with a database, and relies on his place in office. The database also only has enough funding to track specific prescriptions, rather than all of them.
Several bills have been proposed, yet one person stands in the way: Senator Rob Schaaf, a doctor who approves of Missouri’s pill-mill problem. Dr. Schaaf is known for his peculiar stance on addiction-- he is quoted as saying this during one of his many filibusters: “If they overdose and kill themselves, it just removes them from the gene pool.”
If you or a loved one has ever been prescribed conflicting medications, please consider signing this petition. If you or a loved one has ever struggled with addiction, please consider signing this petition. If you care about the opioid epidemic in Missouri, sign this petition.
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