Political Gridlock Blocks Missouri Database For Fighting Drug Abuse

(By Bram Sable-Smith, Side Effects Public Media in partnership with Kaiser Health News)

At Richard Logan’s pharmacy in Charleston, Missouri, prescription opioid painkillers are locked away in a cabinet.

Missouri law requires pharmacies to keep schedule II controlled substances — drugs like oxycodone and fentanyl with a high addiction potential — locked up at all times.

Logan goes further than the law requires.

He’s been a pharmacist for 40 years. For the last 20, he has also been a reserve deputy with two local sheriff’s departments, investigating prescription drug abuse. That puts him on edge in his day job. Read article here…..

Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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