Claire McCaskill

Missouri becomes last state to create drug-monitoring plan

Missouri became the final state to create a prescription drug-monitoring program Monday when Republican Gov. Eric Greitens signed an executive order aimed at combatting a scourge that killed more than 900 residents last year.

The announcement surprised lawmakers, many of whom were unaware such a program was under consideration. Almost immediately, Democrats questioned whether the order goes far enough while some Republicans expressed concerns about privacy.

The monitoring program could be operating within a month, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services director Randall Williams said.

Greitens signed the order following a news conference at Express...

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