Rep. Rogers, others joining to support interstate drug monitoring
US. Rep. Hal Rogers joined two other Republicans and a Democrat in calling for a national system of linking individual statesâ€™ prescription drug monitoring programs. Rogers, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced a bill Thursday which would create a way for states to link prescription drug monitoring programs, such as Kentuckyâ€™s KASPER, in an attempt to thwart those who would seek to circumvent current monitoring by crossing state lines. The Interstate Drug Monitoring Efficiency and Data Sharing Act, which is being called â€œID MEDSâ€ for short, would establish of standardized system of sharing such information between states. Currently, there is no standardized method. This is not the first time Rogers and Wolf have worked together on this issue. In 2002, they established a grant program within the U.S. Department of Justice to help states plan, establish or enhance prescription drug monitoring programs. Since that time, the number of states with such systems has grown from 15 to 48.