JEFFERSON COUNTY - Currently Missouri is the only state in the country without a prescription drug monitoring program. Thursday night, city leaders in Jefferson County came together to try to change that.
Officials met at the Arnold City Hall, Thursday night hoping to pass a resolution. If passed, this will help Jefferson county move forward in joining St. Louis, St. Charles and other surrounding counties to establish a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri. Officials voted to table the measure until they could get more information.
In order for this to work, every municipality in Jefferson county would also have to pass a resolution.
Jefferson county is currently the fifth largest county in the state.
It's also the second leading county for heroin involved accidental deaths.
Arnold Ward 3 City Councilman, Phil Amato expects tonight's resolution to pass.
"They've paid about $125,000 to set the monitoring system up and they're offering it to every county across the state of Missouri to opt in to their system,” Amato said. “Jefferson county as I said, is the fifth largest county in the state of Missouri, They're offering Jefferson county to opt in."
This monitoring program keeps track of unused prescription drugs to help prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.
Opioid abuse if often a gateway to heroin use.