If Missouri had a central prescription drug monitoring program, it would block criminals from other states coming to Franklin County and other parts of the state to fill multiple prescriptions, according to the head of the county’s drug task force.

“Missouri is the only state in the United States that doesn’t have a monitoring program,” said Detective Sgt. Jason Grellner, commander of the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit.

The task force last Friday investigated such a case that resulted in the arrest of two men and a woman from Kentucky, Grellner said.

Because it is a multi-state case, the investigation has been taken over by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

The three had gotten prescriptions for opioid medications from a doctor in Georgia, then came to eastern Missouri to get them filled to avoid being tracked in Kentucky’s data base system, Grellner explained.

Read the complete story in the Wednesday Missourian.