Flooded Farm Grain Bins

Audio: Northern Missouri Congressman Sam Graves focusing on flooding and levees

A congressman who represents north Missouri on Capitol Hill warns that northwest Missouri is still suffering from flooding and that there’s a lot of damage to infrastructure. U.S. Rep. Sam Graves traveled from his Atchison County farm to Jefferson City this week to file for re-election to his 11th term. Graves is the longest-serving Republican […]

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Missouri House gives initial approval to bill creating statewide prescription drug monitoring program

The Missouri House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would require the creation of a statewide prescription drug monitoring program. Representatives voted 95-56 in favor of the legislation. The GOP House Speaker and the House Democratic Leader both voted in favor of the bill. Missouri is the only state in the nation without […]

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Audio: A Senate committee to hear testimony on a proposed prescription drug monitoring program

A Missouri Senate committee is scheduled to hear testimony today about a proposed statewide prescription drug monitoring program.     Senator Tony Leutkemeyer has proposed the Narcotics Control Act which will create a statewide database that requires healthcare providers to keep a record of any controlled substance they dispense, and who they dispense it to. […]

Prescription Medication

Audio: Missouri lawmaker hopes to pass prescription drug monitoring program

A southeast Missouri state lawmaker who has championed prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) legislation hopes to pass it in her final year in the Missouri House.     Missouri is the only state in the nation without a PDMP, which is an electronic database that collects data on controlled substance prescriptions within a state. Scott […]

Take Back Drugs

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day set for October 26th

Law enforcement will collect unused and unwanted prescription drugs during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Medications will be collected on October 26th from 10 to 2 o’clock. Area locations in Missouri will include the sheriff’s offices of Mercer County in Princeton, Harrison County in Bethany, and Adair Couty in Kirksville; Bethany […]

Prescription Drugs with syringe (needle)

Audio: Missouri Attorney General says number of opioid overdose deaths should have urgency in Missouri

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt says the number of people who die every day from opioid overdoses should have some national and statewide urgency.     Schmitt says one in every 65 Missouri deaths is from an opioid overdose. He says that figure should have some statewide urgency – prompting his office to sue three […]

opioid crisis

Missouri continues fight against opioid epidemic with innovative approaches

The widespread opioid epidemic is considered a public health crisis and for years has been an ongoing challenge in Missouri and across the nation. Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) continues to be innovative in its efforts to help people affected by this epidemic.  “What we are dealing with in Missouri is an […]

Prescription Drugs with syringe (needle)

Audio: Northwest Missouri Opioid Summit underway in St. Joseph

A scourge throughout the nation gets the full attention of those attending the Northwest Missouri Opioid Summit in St. Joseph.  Opioid addiction has become a very real problem nationwide and has become an extremely difficult problem in Missouri.     Missouri gets low marks for prescriber education, prescription guidelines, but especially as the only state […]

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Audio: Bill’s sponsor says prescription drug monitoring program will come up again in January

A statewide prescription drug monitoring program will have to wait at least another year in Missouri. The measure passed the House but did not get a vote in the Senate before the legislative session ended Friday.     The Republican says a group of conservative state senators kept PDMP from getting a vote before the […]