Missouri house members have endorsed the creation of a government database to track people’s prescription drug purchases. Lawmakers have debated the issue for years and Missouri is now the only state without legislation to create the database. Supporters of the bill say setting up a database can help prevent deaths from drug overdose. However, opponents say there are legitimate concerns about the potential for data breaches and government overreach. Under the proposal, pharmacies would submit the identity of patients receiving medicine as well as the drug’s quantity, the date and other details. Data could be given to doctors and law enforcement who have subpoenas. House members endorsed the legislation by voice vote Tuesday. It needs a second affirmative vote before moving on to the state senate.