Columbia, Jefferson City councils to vote on prescription drug monitoring programs

The Jefferson City Council and the Columbia City Council will vote Monday on whether to establish a prescription drug monitoring program. 

The move from both major cities in mid-Missouri comes as two bills related to the issue are making their way through the Legislature. Missouri remains the only state in the nation without a prescription drug monitoring program. 

According to a Columbia council memo, the city will join St. Louis County's PMDP, which was established last year. The language in Columbia's proposed ordinance mimics that of St. Louis County's. It requires pharmacies to submit electronic data on Schedule II-IV drugs within seven business days of dispensing them. 

"It's almost universally applauded that the city is taking a step beyond what the state has not done," Columbia City Councilman Karl Skala told ABC 17 News. 

The Jefferson City Council is also expected to approve a prescription drug monitoring program at its meeting Monday. The city is expected to join St. Louis County's PDMP. 

"The testimony we received was very convincing and the evidence provided by other experts indicates that this has a chance to really improve the situation," Jefferson City Councilman J. Rick Mahalevich told ABC 17. 

The City of Columbia says the annual cost to join the PDMP is $15,110.52. Cole County has already established a prescription drug monitoring program and has offered to pay for the first year of the city's cost. 

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