Thus, the state has elevated it to the classification of a Schedule II drug, from Schedule III. That means that, each time a patient needs a refill, it is necessary to get a separate prescription from the doctor. Automatic refills are no longer allowed.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has pushed for the legislation mandating the change to try to halt some instances of fraud and addiction before they happen.
The law will also create a database to enable doctors and pharmacists to recognize and report overuse and track the drug getting into circulation.
This is crucial legislation for patients prone to addiction. Just as important is the protections it will offer potential victims of crimes inspired by the thirst for the illegal drug.