Friday, 27 January 2012 00:00
Assemblyman Charles Lavine announced his co-sponsorship of the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP) Act. The legislation will establish a controlled substance reporting system by setting up an online, real-time database and would provide health care practitioners and pharmacists with centralized information to avoid over-prescribing. The bill will provide law enforcement with a powerful tool to combat prescription drug-related crimes during a time in which it has reached epidemic proportions.
According to a report released by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the number of prescriptions written for narcotic painkillers in New York State increased by 36 percent between the years 2007 and 2010. The increase mirrors a growing crime wave of pharmacy robberies, a threat all too real as more of these tragic events occur in Long Island communities and across the state.The proposed database will combine the records of health care providers, pharmacists and law enforcement officials and allow access to real-time prescription histories. This will ensure that patients’ prescription use is for legitimate reasons, and not to support abuse.
“This legislation is a crucial step towards solving the soaring problem of prescription drug abuse,” said Assemblyman Lavine. “Creating this important system will bring together medical professionals and law enforcement to actively engage and solve this horrible problem.”