Missouri opioid Rx-monitoring fight ignites debate over national program

From Modern Healthcare:

For years, there’s been debate over balancing the need to track potentially addicted patients by providing their clinicians with a vast amount of data on their prescription drug habits and maintaining the privacy of those patients’ records.

The number of overdoses caused by opioids makes the case for maintaining robust drug-monitoring databases, some experts say.

Now the ongoing fight to track opioid prescriptions in the holdout state of Missouri has once again raised discussion on whether the country would be best served by a national monitoring system—or whether it’s too late to implement that idea because the drugs causing overdoses are bought on the street.

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