Conservative members of the Missouri Legislature are reluctant to embrace the idea of a statewide prescription-drug database to prevent opioid addicts from doctor-shopping to feed their habit.
Opponents say the overriding concern is protecting patient privacy. Law-abiding patients with legitimate needs for prescription opioid painkillers could get wrongly identified in the database, they say.
As important as privacy is, that argument misses one important point: America’s growing addiction to opioid pain medications is feeding unprecedented demand for heroin on our streets. Missouri is the only state in the country without a database to track opioid abusers.
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