Missouri lawmakers debate competing bills aimed at curbing opioid abuse

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — After hearing two hours of testimony about bills that would attempt to curb Missouri's opioid epidemic, Steve Russ got up to speak.

Russ, of Nevada, had listened to physicians, hospital associations, law enforcement officers and mothers of overdose victims who all said the same thing: Missouri needs a prescription drug monitoring program so physicians and pharmacists can track drug use by their patients and customers... [Read more at Joplin Globe]