Missouri is the only state in the US that does not have a prescription drug monitoring program, and it’s causing heroin use to rise, says police detective Casey Lambert.

She’s a detective with the St. Louis County police department’s Heroin Initiative, and says four-of-five people who are addicted to heroin admitted they first used prescription painkillers.

“A lot of these drug users who are addicted to prescription pain killers can go to any doctor and get prescribed medication and the doctor has no idea who is receiving what.” Lambert says.

Lambert spoke at the first of four town hall meetings in St. Louis Tuesday, that aim to convince residents about the need for a prescription drug monitoring program. She has St. Louis County police chief Jon Belmar on her side.

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