Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Prescription Drug Database Could Help St. Louis Opioids Problem, Health Advocates Say

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Prescription Drug Database Could Help St. Louis Opioids Problem, Health Advocates Say

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OLIVETTE * Getting a grip on the region's growing number of heroin overdose deaths will take teamwork and more, public health advocates and police said Monday.

At a news conference at the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, they took special aim at Missouri being the only state in the country without a prescription drug monitoring database and asked that more emphasis be put on prevention.

"It's past time that we start thinking about these issues in a different way," said state Rep. Cora Faith Walker, D-Ferguson.

"We must try to offer help instead of handcuffs."

Walker and others, including the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration in St. Louis, described drug addiction as a mental illness and substance use disorder that needed to be treated. …

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