With Gov. Mike Parson announcing his support for legislation for a drug prescription monitoring law, just maybe Missouri will be the last state in the nation to have such a measure. It is perplexing to understand why Missouri is last in this regard.

Prescription drug monitoring programs allow doctors and pharmacists to track a patient’s prescription history. The objection is to prevent “doctor shopping,” where opioid abusers go from doctor to doctor to obtain drugs to feed their addictions.

The governor, a Republican, said there is new leadership in the General Assembly, which has a GOP majority, and that offers an opportunity for passage of a monitoring program. Gov. Parson is a former county sheriff and he knows firsthand the need for such legislation.

Gov. Parson was in St. Louis Wednesday to meet with the city’s mayor, doctors and other health leaders to discuss ways to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic. The governor made it clear that a monitoring program is a priority for him.

The mayor of St. Louis, Lyda Krewson, voiced her excitement about the governor’s position. She knows, also firsthand, about the need to have a drug prescription monitoring program to battle addiction.

It is past time when Missouri should have this type of program. Why is Missouri out of step with all the other states?