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Advocates push for Missouri prescription drug tracking

  A Missouri lawmaker is continuing to push for a prescription medication database despite several previous failed attempts.

State Rep. Holly Rehder said Monday that she will refile the same legislation that died in the Senate last session. The Sikeston Republican says next year might be different because of heightened awareness of prescription pill abuse.

The bill aims to curb the flow of painkillers and other medications to abusers by tracking whether other pharmacies have already filled prescriptions.

Rehder says the bill could have helped her daughter's struggle with pill abuse. She says her daughter bought pain pills from "doctor shoppers" who refill the same prescription at multiple pharmacies.

The bill has passed in the House but failed in the Senate in part because of concerns about database security.

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