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A Publication of St. Charles County Government - Fall 2016
PDMP Bill Signing
County Executive Steve Ehlmann, far right, signed the PDMP bill at the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA) on Sept. 28. Joining him, left to right, were St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar, St. Charles County Councilman Joe Brazil, and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.

Council Passes Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

St. Charles County took a historic step in fighting drug abuse when the County Council passed an ordinance on Sept. 26 to establish the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). The health ordinance, requested by County Executive Steve Ehlmann and sponsored by Councilman Joe Brazil, includes all municipalities in the county and passed unanimously.

The St. Charles County PDMP program will be run by the Public Health Department. Those prescribing and dispensing prescription drugs will become registered users of the new system. They will be required to provide information that could prevent “doctor shopping,” the practice of visiting multiple physicians to obtain multiple prescriptions for otherwise illegal drugs. Specifically, the pharmacy’s database automatically enters the physician/prescriber number, patient name and number, and prescription number into the PDMP, which will be accessible to medical personnel registered to prescribe opioid medications in the state of Missouri. Before writing an opioid prescription, a physician/prescriber will enter a patient’s name into the database to determine if he or she already has received opioid medication. Patient names are accessible through the PDMP by pharmacies and physicians/prescribers only.

The St. Charles County information will be added to an electronic database with information from St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis. County Executive Ehlmann participated in a bill signing with Councilman Brazil, St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and NCADA Executive Director Howard Weissman at the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NCADA) headquarters on Sept. 28. “Utilizing the same vendor as St. Louis city and county will enable us to monitor prescription drug abuse within a larger geographical area, providing increased scrutiny throughout the region,” says Ehlmann. “I urge other jurisdictions to work with St. Louis County and its vendor so that, together, we can solve this growing problem, and not just push it out to surrounding Missouri counties.”

The PDMP is expected to launch in early 2017. Read Councilman Joe Brazil’s blog to learn more about the urgent need for this program.

County Buzz

Catch the County Buzz!

What once was the “Around the County” video news show on SCCMO-TV is now “County Buzz,” a monthly newsmagazine with information, features and ideas on how to have fun in our wonderful community!  You’ll love the banter between the hosts, and we hope the excitement about all the news, events and programs available in St. Charles County will be contagious. 

This month’s County Buzz features many fall-oriented events to add to your calendar and an “Inside the Buzz” feature on the Broemmelsiek Park Astronomy Viewing Area.

Help others “Catch the Buzz” – share the latest show with your friends and family, let us know what you think by taking our online survey and subscribe to SCCMO-TV on YouTube! 

Manufacturing Technology

From Coding to Manufacturing - Explore Opportunities in Technology 

Do you know a young adult trying to select a career field – or are you looking to make a career change yourself? The Missouri Job Center of St. Charles County is excited to be part of upcoming events to educate citizens about technology-oriented career opportunities:
  • Coding, or computer programming, is opening doors for people of all ages and skill levels – and the Missouri Job Center of St. Charles County and St. Charles County Community College are offering FREE Intro to Coding workshops to help future programmers get started. The two-hour sessions are held monthly at the Missouri Job Center of St. Charles County, and are facilitated by staff from the St. Charles Community College Computer Science Department. The next workshops are from 1-3 p.m., Nov. 7 and Dec. 5. Classes are filling up quickly! To register, call 636-255-6060.

  • Today’s manufacturing is more than factory work – it has gone high-tech. Manufacturing makes up about 12 percent of local employment, and is one of the top paying business sectors. At the Manufacturing Day Makers Showcase and Job Fair from 3-6 p.m. on Oct. 7 at St. Charles Community College, the public is invited to see first-hand items that are made in St. Charles County, as well as learn about modern manufacturing and career opportunities. An event exclusively for area students will be held earlier in the day. Advanced registration is appreciated!
Total Eclipse In The Park

It's Not Too Early - Make Plans for Total Eclipse in the Park 2017!

The St. Charles County Parks Department and the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (ASEM) are preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse event that will be visible throughout St. Charles County on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

Total Eclipse in the Park celebrations are planned at Klondike Park in Augusta, Broemmelsiek Park in Defiance and Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville. The celebrations will be limited to 1,000 guests per park and each guest will receive a pair of commemorative eclipse glasses for safe viewing.

Tickets to the events are free and will be available to reserve soon – visit the Total Eclipse in the Park page for information updates! For questions, please contact Nancy Lee Gomer, Parks Marketing Coordinator, at 636-949-7535.


Events and Important Dates

For more events, including Parks activities, Workforce and Business Development/Missouri Job Center classes and recruiting events, and County Council meetings, please see the County Calendar.

Steve Ehlmann

A Message from County Executive Steve Ehlmann

Does it seem that Route 364 in St. Charles County just keeps getting busier and busier during rush hours? If your answer is yes, you are right. Route 364, also known as the Page Extension, recently surpassed Interstate 70 to become the busiest Missouri River bridge-crossing between St. Charles County and St. Louis County during morning and afternoon rush hours...MORE

Council Comments

Dave Hammond

Joe Brazil, District 2

St. Charles County’s decision to start a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) was not an easy one. The belief that government gets too involved in our lives is a real concern; however, we are in a local and national health crisis. I sponsored the bill for this program because, with the lives of adults and children and the future of our community at stake, inaction is irresponsible...MORE

Mike Elam

Mike Elam, District 3

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog about how St. Charles County is “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise.” My purpose was to share how St. Charles County has a wonderful foundation to be Missouri’s leader in economic development – and it is my opinion that we will accomplish this through small business growth and development...MORE

Dave Hammond

Dave Hammond, District 4

In 2014, the County Council passed Ordinance 14-066 establishing the Veterans Best Practices Working Group. The purpose of the group is to establish an employment-friendly environment for those who work for St. Charles County and served in the armed forces of the United States...To help further the purpose of the Veterans Best Practices Working Group, members have created a display to honor veteran employees...MORE

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