ST. LOUIS - Andrew Eigles downward spiral started on the football field.

In his senior year at Parkway Central High School, he tore his ACL.

The doctor prescribed the painkiller, Oxycontin, for his injury. Within days, Andrew's family says he became a drug addict.

"He said after the fact, he probably used three of them for the actual pain and the rest of the bottle he used to get high because that's how fast he got hooked," Adrienne Eigles said.

Andrew went on to Mizzou, and the need for prescription painkillers continued.

"Once he went to school in Columbia, and it was very prevalent for people to be selling Oxycontin, one pill for $60 he would be getting them on the black market." Adrienne Eigles said.

No one knew Andrew's secret and eventually his habit got too expensive, so he turned to the cheaper alternative, heroin, which creates a similar high.

Soon after, he overdosed. His mother Adrienne found him unconscious, rushed him to the hospital and luckily, Andrew was revived.

But after a few stints in rehab, 22-year-old Andrew overdosed again, only this time heroin would take his life.

"I know he's watching over us and guiding us," his mom said.

Adrienne's said Andrew's guidance took her to Jefferson City to testify in front of the Missouri Senate asking legislators to pass a bill enacting a prescription drug monitoring program.

"I didn't want other families to go through the pain and suffering that we went through," Adrienne said.

The program, also known as a PDMP, is a prescription drug database. It would primarily track prescriptions for opioid painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone as well as tranquilizers such as valium and Xanax.

Proponents argue this tracking would prevent prescription drug abuse and prevent people from getting excess medication.

Adrienne is convinced that if a database had been started years ago, her son might still be alive.

"Absolutely there would be that many years of less drugs, less pain killers on the market," she said.

Multiple attempts have been made by Missouri legislators to start a database, but none of the bills have passed both chambers making Missouri the only state in the country without one.

Rolla Rep. Keith Frederick is also an orthopedic surgeon. He once sponsored a bill to enact the database, but now he's dead set against it.

"Legislatures have just enacted them with the general idea that this must be good, but we really haven't looked at and studied what is the effect on patients that have legitimate pain treatment needs and does it reduce access to those patients," Frederick said.

Representative Frederick says he no longer thinks the benefits outweigh the risks to privacy.

"Accept the premise that this is for your own good, we need to know what medications you're taking, trust us, we'll never use it against you," he said.

He said a database is big government at its finest.
"I didn't know Mrs. Smith was on Xanax," he said. "I wonder what that's all about, there's no need for the government to have this information."

He worries about the information being hacked or the government using the data for some other reason, but proponents of the database said Missouri's lack of one may encourage doctor shoppers, or people who get multiple prescriptions from multiple doctors to feed their habit.

Locally headquartered Express Scripts, provides prescription drugs for one in three Americans, more than a billion claims a year.

Their research shows people are coming into Missouri to fill prescriptions at a higher than normal rate.

The Centers for Disease Control said, "PDMPs are not a complete solution for ending the prescription drug overdose epidemic.

Having lower overdose rates may depend on both a PDMP and other interventions."

According to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis University, the states with the strictest database programs have seen prescriptions for controlled substances drop about 8 percent.

As for the next step inside Missouri's state house, Representative Frederick said the final decision shouldn't be up to lawmakers

"I think the best approach is a ballot initiative and let the people decide," he said.

But for Adrienne Eigles, each day that passes is a missed opportunity to potentially save a life.

"Missouri is behind the times and it's time for us to step out of the Stone Age," she said.