State Senator Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) can be held responsible for this anomaly. Schaaf, a doctor, has said in the past that those who die of drug overdoses, “just removes them from the gene pool.”
Recently Schaaf has introduced his own PDMP, but public health experts claim that it will do little to fix Missouri’s problems since it is allegedly designed not to integrate with other state’s systems.
The other 49 states “require doctors and pharmacists to enter prescriptions into a database. The programs are designed to stop patients from being able to “doctor shop,” bouncing from one prescriber to the next to get painkillers”.
Unlike the rest of the United States, Schaaf’s version, “…would force doctors to send to the state health department the names of each patient they’re considering prescribing painkillers. The state PDMP would automatically alert the prescriber to any troubling patterns in that patient’s prescription history. Then, it would be up to the prescriber to make a decision about whether to dole out the medication.”
Schaaf claims his primary concern is the privacy interest of the client, not the greater public health issue of a prescription drug crisis, which claimed the lives of 1,066 Missourans and 52,404 Americans in 2015 according to the CDC.
“They (PDMPs) don’t work. And it’s an infringement upon people’s privacy. Most people don’t want the government to have that information and have it on a database in which many people can get it,” Schaaf told KSHB in October 2016.