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Kansas City considers setting up prescription drug registry

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The city of Kansas City is considering setting up a drug registry of prescriptions. It is something the state of Missouri has refused to do. (AP) The city of Kansas City is considering setting up a drug registry of prescriptions. It is something the state of Missouri has refused to do. (AP)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The city of Kansas City is considering setting up a drug registry of prescriptions. It is something the state of Missouri has refused to do.

The push for a prescription drug registry passed unanimously. It is part of a collaboration with Jackson County. But leaders in the council chamber on Thursday agree there's still plenty of work to be done.

Funding for the prescription drug monitoring program would come from the county's COMBAT tax, expanding on the Jackson County registry that recently passed.

Missouri is the only state doesn't have a prescription drug registry even though opiate addiction has skyrocketed to epidemic levels across the country.

The registry would make it easier to track people who doctor shop to get prescriptions from multiple doctors.

Council members recognize the ordinance passed would be much more effective and have more meaning if it spanned Missouri.

"The efficiencies of the system are weak. Ultimately, we need to work with the state to get something done,” said Councilman Kevin McManus.

St. Louis County has also made moves on its own registry. The hope is that the two largest counties in Missouri passing such a program will pressure state lawmakers to do the same.

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