In case you missed it, despite the attempt from Eric Greitens this week to cover up for his lack of leadership on the opioid epidemic, Missourians aren’t going to be fooled.
The state’s editorial boards, officials and health experts spent the week exposing the Governor’s secretive executive order as ineffective, and like seemingly everything else related to the Governor’s mansion, pointing out serious ethical questions.
Here’s how some of Missouri’s editorial boards, officials, and health experts are responding to the Governor’s sham announcement about the opioid epidemic this week:
- “Eric Greitens said all the right things on Monday when he signed an executive order to set up a statewide prescription drug monitoring program…Except his program does not back up his words.” – Joplin Globe Editorial Board
- “It’s lucky that county-level prescription drug monitoring programs cover more than 60 percent of Missouri’s population. The statewide plan launched this week by Gov. Eric Greitens won’t accomplish much.” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board
- “The order’s details — or lack thereof — are cause for concern…Greitens has scheduled multiple public appearances this week to discuss the opioid crisis.” – Kansas City Star Editorial Board
- “Looks to me like @EricGreitens EO on #PDMP basically tells state agency (BDDN) to do what its regulations already tell it to do.” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Tony Messenger
- “It just has the look of impropriety about it.”- Republican Missouri House Representative Rob Schaaf
- “A PDMP that providers can’t access is much less likely to be effective because you lose all the eyes and ears on the front line.” – Keith Humphreys, a Stanford University Psychiatry Professor
- “The problem with what the governor has proposed is that medical providers are not even part of the database. So, they’re unable to track those purchases.” – St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger