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Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

PDMP logoSt. Louis County enacted legislation on March 1, 2016, to establish and authorize the operation of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) by Saint Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH). The St. Louis County PDMP is the first locally based PDMP in the country. DPH serves as the program administrator, and any Missouri jurisdiction may subscribe to the St. Louis County PDMP upon enacting authorizing legislation and signing a User Agreement with St. Louis County.
Chapter 602 of the St. Louis County Revised Ordinances (SLCRO) is known as the “St. Louis County Narcotics Control Act” or more commonly known as the PDMP ordinance.
The St. Louis County PDMP monitors the prescribing and dispensing of schedule II-IV controlled substances to assist in the identification and prevention of prescription drug misuse and abuse.
The program’s goals are to 1) improve controlled substance prescribing by providing critical information regarding a patient’s controlled substance prescription history, 2) inform clinical practice by identifying patients at high-risk who would benefit from early interventions, and 3) reduce the number of people who misuse, abuse, or overdose while making sure patients have access to safe, effective treatment.
The St. Louis County PDMP launched on April 25, 2017, with 14 jurisdictions participating in the initial implementation. As of December 31, 2017, 57 jurisdictions have enacted legislation to participate in the St. Louis County PDMP. Additional jurisdictions will continue to be added to the PDMP on a monthly basis. A list of all participating jurisdictions and links to enacted legislation can be found on the DPH PDMP website, Additional information on the PDMP can be found at or by contacting DPH at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 314-615-0522.
Jefferson County Prescriptions Drug Monitoring Program 2017 contains dispensation information for patients residing in Jefferson County submitted by dispensers (pharmacies) in any of the 32 jurisdictions participating in PDMP implementation cycles 1-3. Quarter 3 (Q3) 2017 (July-September) is the second complete quarter the PDMP was operational, and this report contains only prescriptions dispensed in Q3 2017. As this report only contains one quarter of information, the findings are not necessarily indicative of average prescribing practices in Jefferson County. Rates in this report represent projected annual rates based on one quarter of data. Pharmacy compliance is an ongoing focus of DPH, and while over 90% of pharmacies are appropriately submitting data, not all pharmacies were submitting data at the time of this report. DPH continues to work with pharmacies on data submission and increasing pharmacy compliance.

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