State lawmakers are continuing to debate whether Missouri should implement a prescription drug monitoring program.

The Kansas City Star reports the House gave initial approval to the program Wednesday - the same day a Senate committee defeated a similar bill.

Currently, Missouri is the only state without a drug monitoring program to safeguard against opioid abuse.

The Star reports Missouri is among the 20 worst states for drug overdose deaths.

Supporters say the program will help save lives, while critics argue it's plagued with privacy issues and unnecessary government oversight to a private industry.