MDP Chair: “It’s clearly too early to be called a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.”
COLUMBIA, Mo. – After the failure of Eric Greitens to lead on the opioid epidemic in Jefferson City this legislative session, the Missouri Democratic Party is highlighting five questions that the Governor needs to answer about the secretive executive order he signed today without first consulting in-state leaders:
- How does this order give pharmacists or healthcare providers the tools they need to address the opioid crisis without giving them access to the prospective database?
- How will this affect counties and other localities that already have their own Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP)?
- Will the contracts be less expensive than the $1.1 million startup cost and annual $800,000 operating costs of the bipartisan program that was in the legislature this year?
- Have any of the businesses that will receive tax payer dollars via contracts with the state’s health department donated to the Governor’s secret dark money group?
- Why did Greitens seemingly choose to consult with members of Donald Trump’s cabinet in DC but not local leaders?
Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber added, “Whatever this order creates remains to be seen, but it’s clearly too early to be called a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.”