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Prescription drug database gets first-round approval in MO House

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 12, 2014
A database could help physicians avoid writing prescriptions for people who may be selling those potentially addictive drugs under a bill approved by the Missouri House. But senators involved in the issue said there's little chance of such a measure moving forward. The bill creates an electronic system to monitor who is being prescribed drugs such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Xanax. Bill sponsor Rep. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, said keeping people from obtaining large quantities of drugs will save lives. "People have died from getting prescriptions from people that illegally bough them," Engler said. "We're killing people."