Americans spend more on prescription drugs than any other country in the world.

Since the cost of over the counter medication impacts pretty much everyone at some point in their life, DFL U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s staff is touring southern Minnesota to explore solutions.

One of their stops was Rochester.

On Wednesday evening, more than 40 people voiced their frustrations on everything from insurance companies not covering cheaper medications, to the lack of supply when it comes to certain drugs to pharmaceutical companies gouging prices.

Klobuchar's Staff Touring to Address High Cost of Prescription Drugs

“I am a Type 1 Diabetic so that means I am insulin dependent, I have been so for 31 years,” said Bill Oswald. “Since that time, my insulin has gone from $10 a bottle to the price (without insurance) that is over $360.”

One woman almost lost her son; a Type 1 Diabetic who went three days without eating because the type of insulin he needed was out of stock. “He was found lying outside of his house in this cold weather, we don't know how long,” said Phyllis Baier. “When he arrived to the hospital, he had a blood sugar of 20 … He has kind of gotten to the point of giving up.”

Similar stories are being told across the state and the country.

Klobuchar’s staff says they're optimistic this issue is being taken seriously. “If any legislation can be passed, it’s now,” said Elizabeth Ebot.

“In 2018, drug prices experienced their single largest decline in 46 years,” said President Donald Trump during his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night.

However, for those at the meeting in Rochester … a lot more work needs to be done.

Klobuchar introduced a trio of bills this month aimed at making prescription drugs more affordable.

“These aren't going to be fixed to our health care system, but we definitely think these are going to be viable options.

Klobachar’s two-day staff tour continues on Thursday, with stops in Austin, Owatonna, and Northfield. Those unable to make it to the meetings can always contact her office.