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June 13, 2012

State unanimously passes prescription drug law

Expected to curb doctor shopping

ALBANY — Law-enforcement officials are praising the State Legislature’s passage of a bill to set up a real-time system to record prescriptions of controlled substances.

The Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act will create an online database to enable doctors and pharmacists to track controlled narcotics.

The new law will require physicians to consult the database to determine a patient’s prescription history before prescribing a schedule II, III or IV controlled substance.

That is expected to help deter people who visit different doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions.

For more than a year, district attorneys from Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties have all been pressing for legislation that would curb prescription-drug abuse in this area and across the state.


New Yor

k is the second — and largest — state to require pharmacists report when schedule II, III, IV or V prescriptions are filled.

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who introduced the legislation, called its passage a major victory for the people of New York state.

“With I-STOP, we are creating a national model for smart, coordinated communication between health-care providers and pharmacists to better serve patients, stop prescription drug trafficking and provide treatment to those who need help,” he said in a press release.

“I applaud the legislature for taking action to curb the prescription-drug crisis that has impacted families in every corner of this state and Gov. (Andrew) Cuomo for his leadership and commitment to signing I-STOP into law.

“Now, New York will be a national leader in protecting the public from the devastating consequences of prescription drug abuse.”


Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague said that any legislation to curb the accessibility to prescription drugs for people who intentionally misuse them is a step in the right direction. 

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