GUEST COMMENTARY: Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Missouri would save lives

Monday, January 14, 2013 | 5:34 p.m. CST

Prescriptions for painkillers have reached completely outsized proportions in the nation and in Missouri. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a month.” As every anesthesiologist knows, these drugs are potent respiratory depressants, so overdoses – intentional or not – can and do lead to death.