March 1, 2012

Editorial: Pass bill on drugs now


"We hope that lawmakers will act on I-STOP (Internet System for Tracking Overprescribing) this year and that they continue to pursue policies that take significant steps to reverse this terrible trend. The attorney general's bill calling for the creation of a real-time prescription-tracking database helps to build the foundation for this comprehensive approach."

The bill would provide means to identify doctors who overprescribe certain medications and to combat prescription forgeries, along with creating the database to track prescription narcotics.

To do nothing new to combat this epidemic is unacceptable. We congratulate Schneiderman on this crucial initiative and call upon the legislature to act quickly and decisively to see that it is passed.

Our communities have endured too much intimidation for far too long because of the rampant prescription-drug-abuse problem.

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